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Zambomba festival in Torremolinos

Casa Pestiño will perform flamenco Christmas carols.
Casa Pestiño will perform flamenco Christmas carols. / SUR
  • A festive concert offering traditional flamenco Christmas carols will be held in the Príncipe de Asturias auditorium in Torremolinos on Saturday 25 November

A festive concert offering traditional flamenco Christmas carols will be held in the Príncipe de Asturias auditorium in Torremolinos on Saturday 25 November.

Local flamenco group, Casa Pestiño, will perform the Andalusian Villancicos, a style that has long since come to mean a Christmas carol, as sung all over Spain in the weeks leading to Christmas.

Casa Pestiño, also the name of the show, is based on the celebratory Christmas Eve family gathering that is especially, although not exclusively, popular among gypsy families.

In Andalucía, the villancicos are also known as zambombas, a name that derived from the instrument that is traditionally used to accompany them. The zambomba would normally be made from an old paint tin or flower pot, over which a membrane is stretched. A stick attached with small cymbals is inserted through the skin, which is moved up and down to create a droning rhythm. An array of improvised percussive instruments, including frying pans and anise bottles, are also used in this lively festive song and together with the clapping rhythms and boisterous jaleo, the whole atmosphere is a swirling, noisy festivity.

Casa Pestiño was formed in Malaga in 2015 and consists of seven singers accompanied by two flamenco guitars, saxophone and keyboards. The artists, all from Malaga, will perform a show uniting the more traditional flamenco bulerias and tangos with the classic styles of zambombas of Jerez de la Frontera, Seville and Malaga.

Tickets for the show, which begins at 8.30pm, cost 10 euros and are available online or at the box office on the night of the show.