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Nuevo Flamenco ("New Flamenco") is synonymous with contemporary flamenco and is a modern derivative of traditional flamenco (see the cafés cantantes period, and Ramón Montoya (1880-1949)).

It is widely accepted that Nuevo Flamenco started in 1975 with the Lole y Manuel first album Nuevo Día. Although the most important early pioneers of modern flamenco are widely accepted to be the guitarist Paco de Lucía, and singer Camarón de la Isla, other musical genres have also played a key role in influencing nuevo flamenco. The central focal points of this genre are compás (rhythm), baile (dance), and cante (song). Although the guitar is arguably the most common instrument in flamenco, it is said that the person playing the instrument is flamenco, not the instrument itself.

Notable flamenco artists

Some of today's leading flamenco guitarists are Paco de Lucia, Tomatito, Diego de Morao, Vicente Amigo, Pedro Sierra, Gerardo Nuñez, Chicuelo, Juan Carmona, Juan Martín, Niño Josele, Ramon Jimenez while some of today's leading flamenco singers are Diego El Cigala, Duquende, Potito, Enrique Morente his daughter Estrella Morente, and Miguel Poveda.

There is also, particularly in the United States, a movement of music which is derived in part from flamenco, as well as world, jazz, and Latin music influences, among others. While these influences have as much an impact on this music as flamenco, it is a common misconception among the public to refer to it as ``flamenco." A few of today's leading guitarists in this style in the United States and Canada are Johannes Linstead, Jesse Cook, Luis Villegas, Peter Z, KAWEH, Ottmar Liebert, Oscar Lopez, Armik, Andrei Krylov, Arturo Martinez, Chuscales, Dennis Koster, Wayne Wesley Johnson, and Adam Del Monte. It is, however, a bit of a misnomer to call them flamenco, as very little of their music is related stylistically to flamenco music, outside of a vaguely Spanish sound.[1]


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