Today is Andalucia's regional holiday, Dia de Andalucia, 28 February, when green and white flags are proudly flown from Huelva to Almeria.
|Legendary guitarist, Paco de Lucia, who died this week. © Tony Bryant.|
But today's celebrations have been tinged with sadness by the death this week of one of the region's most famous and respected musicians: flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who came from Algeciras.
He was a hugely influential man who brought flamenco to a massive global audience, but who also introduced his own interpretations and styles to this art form, merging it with other genres of music to create a new type of flamenco.
For my own part, one of his pieces was played at my wedding (in England) by a talented young guitarist called David Buckingham. The piece of music is a rumba called Entre Dos Aguas, and is one of his most famous compositions - you're sure to recognise it. David played this tune so beautifully, in the high-ceiled hall of the Norman keep where we had the wedding, that my husband's (Spanish) aunt was reduced to tears. Still gives me the shivers.
RIP Paco de Lucia