Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories, a feature-length documentary by anthropologist Miguel Ángel Rosales, explores the contribution of Afro-Andalusians to flamenco music and dance. Silenced by European history books, African slaves had a tremendous presence in Spain and Portugal from the sixteenth century until the nineteenth century. The documentary has begun a debate about the relation of flamenco’s musical routes to the routes of African slavery, the history of slave trade in Spain, and the percentage of black population in Spain until the nineteenth century, predominantly in big slave-trade ports like Seville and Cadiz. Commenting on his film, Rosales states, “We must break the barrier between Africa and the south of Europe, which was just created due to a lack of understanding that we actually share a common history.”
Ana León-Távora, chair of the Department of Modern Languages, will make opening remarks. León-Távora was born and raised in Seville, Spain.
“Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture. Yet, since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to this art form.” –Miguel Ángel Rosales, filmmaker and anthropologist