Gurumbe: Afro-Andalusian Memories

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Sunday April 28

3:00 PM  –  5:30 PM

Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture. Yet, since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to this art form. Commercial exploitation of the American colonies brought hundreds of Africans to Spain to be sold as slaves, forming a population which, over time, managed to gain space in a society wrought with racial prejudices.

Music and dance were a fundamental part of their expression and the most important affirmation of their identity. As the black population began to disappear from Spain in the late 19th century, so too did their contribution to this extraordinary art form. With the the timely, poignant documentary Gurumbe: Afro-Andalusian Memories, the full story of African influence on flamenco and Spanish culture is finally told.

Following the screening of Gurumbe, audiences will experience a live performance by rising international Flamenco artist Aliesha Bryan, winner of the 2016 Flamenco Certamen USA. The program will conclude with a conversation and reflection led by Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Professor Emerita of Dance Studies at Temple University, and author of The Black Dancing Body: A Geography From Coon to Cool. Along with Aliesha Bryan, Dr. Gottschild will be joined in conversation by Flamenco artist and scholar, K. Meira Goldberg, author of the newly released book, Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco.

PhilAesthetic: AAMP Celebrates the African Diaspora in Philly has been generously supported by PNC Arts Alive. Learn more at