Excerpt from an abstract that Professor Nicastro provided us to publish.
This paper attempts to build bridges across cultures by calling attention to the shared characteristics of the blues and flamenco and emphasizing the universality of the forms as they speak to the basic humanity of all people. The blues and flamenco, though separated by an ocean, are almost perfectly analogous and share a common African element. Flamenco performers identify closely and explicitly with the spirit of the blues and jazz; thus the America of the blues already existed latently in Europe in the form of its older alter ego and kindred spirit, flamenco. … Read more