Duende


By Nacho Duato

A delectible evocation of nature

Duende literally means elf or fairy, like the one who tidies up children's toys at night. But it can also mean rascal or naughty child. One can also possess "duende" when radiating enchantment and great charm, almost having a magical attraction. In Andalousia it is said that flamenco has "duende", which is virtually impossible to translate. Flamenco casts a spell of its own, the way African-American music has "soul".

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