Verdiales is a folklore type of music from Arabic roots and traditionally takes place in Puerto de la Torre, 15 minutes away from Malaga, when on the 28th of December anyone can assist the Fiesta Mayor de Verdiales (Verdiales Music Festival).
Pandas are groups of musicians and dancers that compete on stage for the first price. There are 25 of them putting up a show, where musical abilities mix with physical strength, since the verdiales require a lot of dancing and leaping. Each song is structured in form of three coplas(verses), all which are translated into specific dance moves and gestures.
Verdiales has three categories: almogía, montes and comares. All take the name of the village where this specific type of dance developed, like three different dialects of the same language.
The origin of the verdiales is still uncertain, but like most Andalusian traditions it probably has roots in the Arabic music introduced by the Berbers in the eighth century.
The songs are normally very simple, with plenty of “ay” and vigorous clicking of the fingers, like in the typical flamenco music. The main instruments are guitar, violins, castanets and lutes. And of course the acts display gorgeous traditional farmers’ dresses that will bring the audience back in time.
The name verdiales comes from a specific kind of olive grown in the region; the word derives from a Latin word and it highlights the connection with the land where this music and dance come from.
Puerto de la Torre, 29190