"You cannot destroy the tradition without first learning about it." - Belén Maya
I have a guajiras verse to share with you today along with a video of Belén Maya and Mayte Martín, but first allow me to give you some background:
I'm in Seattle winding down after workshops Belén Maya this week.
On Wednesday I went to a lecture she gave at Seattle Central College.
In that lecture Belén spoke about herself as an artist.
She talked about how she expresses herself as an individual through flamenco. She talked about how she had to dedicate to studying and understanding traditional flamenco in order to do her own thing. She talked about how she danced in tablaos (doing more traditional style flamenco) at night while studying on her own and dancing in her father's company (which was more modern) during the day.
Here is a letra from that clip, and you can hear Mayte Martín sing it at 4 minutes and 50 seconds in the video below.