in the plural) is an Andalusian gypsy
term signifying loneliness
Adapted from the Spanish word soledad
), the Solea
is an example of cante jondo
or "deep song" in the Flamenco
repertoire. As such, its lyrics are always serious and its themes profound. The form dates back at least 400 years, and verses identical to the songs heard today can be found in the works of Miguel de Cervantes
Appropriate to its roots
, many aficionado
s consider soleares
to be "the Mother of Flamenco."
a single verse, por soleares
, by way of example:
La muerte a mi cama vino
Death came to my bedside
y no me quiso lleva;
but did not wish to take me
no estaba cumplio mi sino
as my destiny was not complete.
y al irse me eche a llora
On its departure I began to weep.
The most respected interpreter of Soleares
in the world today is La Fernanda de Utrera
who has spent her entire life mastering the form.