“Flamenco is free and true, but the root should not be lost”

"Flamenco is free and true, but the root should not be lost" 1
The Sevillian artist will perform on Saturday at the White Night, to which she will bring her show ‘Of the jondo and true’, in which she claims traditional flamenco

The singer Esperanza Fernández (Seville, 1966) is one of the most important voices of current jondo art and next Saturday she will be one of the artists participating in the White Night of Flamenco. The concert will be at 03:00 in the Plaza del Potro and in it he will present his show Of the real and true . She will be accompanied by Miguel Ángel Cortés on guitar, Jorge Pérez El cubano and Miguel Fernández on percussion and Dani Bonilla with choirs and palms.

– How is your performance going to be?

– The concert will be completely traditional. I know the crowds of people that are going to be there, but there are performances for all tastes and I think that whoever comes to listen to Esperanza Fernández is going to meet Esperanza Fernández as always; with his traditional flamenco and, of course, with his dances and a terrific group. There will also be a dance surprise because Juan José Villar is coming. The particularity of this show is that it is traditional flamenco, but the songs are linked to each other. It is a very entertaining concert.

– This is the first time he has come to the White Night of Flamenco. What are your expectations?

– I really want to. I was a little sad because with the amount of years that White Night has been the first time I will be. I was sorry because other years artists have been repeated. They never programmed me and I didn’t know why, but hey, now I’m there and I’m going to give it absolutely everything .

– It will also be in a very traditional scenario, in the Plaza del Potro. Do you know her?

– Once I was on the White Night as a spectator to see Archangel and Diego Carrasco, but since I went to so many places I don’t remember it. I wanted to experience what was breathing. And you breathe a super nice environment ; I was very interested in respecting people. I have been placed at 03:00 and I hope that the audience that goes to see me is happy. I know they will know how to listen.


– They have put it at a very flamenco time …

– (laughs). Well, I noticed that I was fighting a little because I wanted to be put earlier. It is said that flamingos spend the night, but the flamingos of now little do not spend the night . But being the White Night and a special framework, I am completely aware that I have to leave at 03:00. I will rest a lot to be strong.

– This year the poster is totally feminine. What role does women play in flamenco right now?

– We are in a very important moment. Women, not only in flamenco but in general, we don’t have to prove anything because everyone knows the power we have. We are united by perseverance and perseverance. In the past, unfortunately, things had to be demonstrated. I have not lived it in my flesh because, although I started young, I did not have that displacement among my colleagues. There were some, but I will not point to everyone and I want to always be positive. Right now you start counting women like María Terremoto, Rocío Márquez, Estrella Morente, Marina Heredia … We are all at a very important moment in our careers.

– Today there are many currents and many artists who consider themselves flamenco, but, for you, what should someone really consider themselves flamenco?

– I will always speak to you from my point of view. What I have always heard in my house has been flamenco. I was born Flemish and I have heard it from my mother’s womb. I feel flamenco. Flamenco is free and true, but the root should not be lost. Each one can express or interpret it as one wishes, as long as it is well taken care of. Above all, the foundation must be strong ; We have to have listened and studied a lot. If the foundation is strong everyone can give it their own interpretation.

– In fact, you have sung with symphony orchestras, performed Falla and approached other music such as jazz. How do you maintain that essence?

– Being as one is. I am flamenco, I am a cantaora and I am not going to say that I am a mezzo-soprano because, even though I had her position, I have not studied that music. Flamingos have a privileged ear. In flamenco we have freedom, we are not corseted or subject to a score. That is not bad either because to me classical music has taught me a lot . Thanks to her I have been able to have more knowledge of the world of music. Meeting classical or jazz artists opens your mind and in the future it can serve you even for your own singing.

– Poetry has also been recurring in his career, as it happens to other artists such as Miguel Poveda, Carmen Linares and before Camarón. What does poetry have so that flamenco looks so hard on it?

– Almost all the flamingos have sung to Lorca because he wrote flamenco. He was a lover of flamenco and gypsies. He wrote poetry to be sung. In general, poetry, like flamenco, tells a lot of truth.

– How important is family heritage in the way you feel flamenco?

– A lot. I feel a woman very lucky to have had my father, singer of Triana, and my mother of Lebrija. Having seen so many artists in my house has to mark you somewhere. There are many memories that when you are older and aware of what you have lived you bring to light. For example, when Fernanda and Bernarda (from Utrera) came home for coffee. They are precious things that one way or another you have inside.

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