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AUSTRALIA: When Dickson Martinez's album "Flamenco Falsetas" reached No. 22 on the Melbourne chart in January, it was the first time a flamenco release had such recognition here and the first time a record of any sort had achieved such commercial success.

The album's particular appeal is in the way it fuses the fire of flamenco with Indian rhythms. "Flamenco did, after all, originate in North India before being taken to Europe by the gypsies and adapted local environments," says Peter Dickson, who played in bands in Banalore, India, from the age of 13, then switched to flamenco after witnessing the Spanish master Paco De Lucia in concert in London. "The beat in tabla music is the very one flamenco guitarists bang on their instruments," Dickson says.

"Flamenco is evolutionary. This is Australian flamenco. It reflects cultures from the great melting pot in this country."

- CHRISTIE ELIEZER

 

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