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Andalusian flamenco guitarist, Antonia Jiménez, stars in men’s world

29-1-2020

An Nahar yesterday spotlighted Andalusian flamenco guitarist, Antonia Jimenez, (born 1972) in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, the flamenco hub in southern Spain. The artist, who does not belong to a Romani family but grew up with the gypsies, learned to play by herself simply by observing guitarists on television, An Nahar wrote. In 2000, Antonia moved to Madrid where she met and mingled with a generation of young talented and enthusiast flamenco dancers who trusted her and welcomed her aboard their shows giving her the chance of a lifetime. In an interview with the newspaper, Antonia said she broke the mold by entering a fiercely competitive male-dominated world. The flamenco guitar playing, she boasted, is considered a dominant field for women to assert their rights, especially in Spain where females have exhausted about 40 years of struggle during Franco’s dictatorship. (An Nahar, January 28, 2020)

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