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Flamenco includes dozens of different forms, palos, each a unique combination of rhythm, harmony, pulse, and lyrics. There are light festero (festive) forms and deeply expressive cante jondo (deep song) forms. There are regional forms and forms associated with individual artists. Some forms grew directly out of Andalusian folk music and others were created in the 20th Century.

The details that distinguish one form from another can be subtle and confusing. It isn't always obvious to the listener what form is being performed. Don't let this throw you off - flamenco should be a source of joy, not an aural exam in a foreign language. Just keep listening and learning. And enjoy!

To get you started, we've created a series of pages with audio and video samples and fundamental information about some of flamenco's most essential forms. Pick a form, read about it, listen to the audio samples and watch the videos, and you'll soon have a better understanding of this amazing art form.