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Spanish villagers perform traditional Flamenco music in their local festival

I think the world could use more local music festivals.

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People in traditional costumes tune their instruments before competing in the 49th Verdiales music contest in Malaga, Spain on Dec. 28, 2010. Verdiales is a form of traditional Flamenco music, which is common in the province of Malaga. Members of singing groups, known as "pandas", wear traditional costumes decked with flowers and other accessories as they perform in the annual contest.

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People drink wine out of a wineskin before competing.

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A man in traditional costume plays a tambourine before performing.

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Children look on before performing in the music contest.

The origin of Verdiales is uncertain, but it probably has roots in the Arabic music introduced by the Berbers in the eighth century. It is a music intended to be danced to, and is common at village weddings, communions and other celebrations. The predominant instruments are guitar, violin, castanets, and the lute. The groups who perform it are known as “pandas”, and their songs are usually happy and simple, marked by a passionate cry of 'ay' and vigorous clicking of the fingers. Watch the video below to hear what the music sounds like.