Barcelona collective Ojos De Brujo have developed their signature sound even further...
Martin Longley 2003
Within seconds, slippery turntable chatter and tight horn section twists announce how much Barcelona collective Ojos De Brujo have developed their signature sound even further, sharply arranging the tumble of cross-cultural elements that all fall within the bounds of what must still be called flamenco.
Emphatic acoustic guitar strumming, fast handclaps and booming cajon (a percussive sitting-box) still form the music's heart. But it's a small step from the staccato rush of Marina's traditionally-derived vocals to the accelerated couplet-gush of guest rapper Faada Freddy, from Senegal's Daara J.
Even as hip hop, reggae, Indian pop and even heavy metal grinding make their mark, flamenco's wellspring is never diluted. Instead, its fluids are thickened, and the music courses forward, superbly modernised and sleekly integrated with these variegated intruders.