Verdiales – Rural Andalusian music

Every December 28 all the bands in the area compete in a day-long festival of verdiales music.

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Flowered hats, tiny cymbals, guitars, castanets, tamborines  and dancers. It’s not flamenco, but a lesser know form of Spanish folk music – verdiales. Played mainly in a few small towns around Málaga, the lyrics usually are pastoral in nature. The director starts them off with a baton, the guitars, castanets, tamborines start an unchanging rhythm, and then a singer joins in.

Every December 28 all the bands in the area compete in a day-long festival in the Puerto de la Torre fair grounds. The real fun happens in the parking lot where the members practice, eat and drink and enjoy the day, waiting for their turn on the stage.

Málaga Feria

She sauntered out of a passageway, sat down, pulled out a cigarette and took a long drag – a secluded corner hidden from the mass of party-goers. I’m sure she saw me but during fair week in Málaga people don’t mind having their picture taken. Some even pose without me asking. One doesn’t dress up for nothing! Downtown during August fair week is crazy, happy, crowded, hectic and beautiful – a photographer’s dream.

Check out my Feria de Málaga gallery here.