28 March 2019 Volume :7 Issue :8

Latin Heat & Flamenco Show at UKZN

Latin Heat & Flamenco Show at UKZN
Performers in the show Latin Heat & Flamenco at the Jazz Centre.

UKZN Music lecturer, Mr Demi Fernandez, performed alongside his wife, Linda Vargas and son, Ramon, at the UKZN Centre for Jazz and Popular Music for one show only on Saturday, 23 March 2019.

The Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company brought together international and local artists of the highest calibre for the performance titled: Latin Heat & Flamenco.

Flamenco, in its purist form, comprises three elements: dance (baile), singing (cante) and guitar (guitarra).

Ramon, currently making a name for himself dancing in Spain, brought his powerfully inimitable style to the evening, accompanied by the true flamenco singing of the internationally acclaimed Domingo Ortega. 

Music was provided by an impressive line-up of musicians.

Flamenco guitar maestro Fernandez has spent many years living and performing in flamenco Tablaos in Spain and has featured as a leading flamenco guitarist with numerous South African and international Spanish dance companies.

As resident guitarist for the Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company, Fernandez was joined by longtime collaborator and UKZN lecturer, Mr Neil Gonsalves, on piano; Bryan Stone (percussion); UKZN student, Riley Giandhari (drums); and Micale Maduray (bass).

With their high level of performance innovation, creativity and professionalism, the Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last year, continue to build a loyal and extensive following in South Africa.

Words: Melissa Mungroo and Wesley Maherry

Photographs: Val Adamson

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