The head of the club states: “One of the most important things we have in our club is what cannot be seen by the naked eye. We have some 3 000 or 4 000 audio and video recordings produced in this very club. This material is completely organized and catalogued in a regional government network for documentation and specialised libraries (Red Idea). Aside from the archives of the Andalusian Institute for Flamenco, we probably have the biggest collection of flamenco audio and video recordings.”
Besides the amount of work they carry out, the quality of this work is also fundamental for them. Because of this quality, the club has won many awards, such as the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts granted by the Spanish Minister for Culture.
As if this weren’t enough, they usually host flamenco books and albums presentations. They have even collaborated with the University of Granada on the editing of books about this genre. The last one was Manual de cante de Granada (Granada songs’ Handbook) written by Miguel Ángel González.
They also help to produce flamenco albums. For instance, Alfredo Tejada, an outstanding flamenco singer that lived in Granada for many years, released his first album recorded in this club. Alfredo is succeeding all over the world and has won some of the most important flamenco contests, such as the Lámpara minera in 2017.
Did any of these activities help to the good moment Flamenco is living in the city? Of course. Vico points out: “These days, it is very difficult to find a single important flamenco event, whether regional, national or international, in which you cannot find at least one artist from Granada. There is a very good generation of artists coming. Guitar players, dancers, male and female singers are all reaching an excellent level. We are having a lucky streak.”
All of this intangible heritage is located in this magical district. Vico comments: “We have a very good relationship with the neighbourhood. Some of our members are from the Albayzín. I’ve organized some guided tours around the Albayzín for members thanks to my knowledge as an Art History teacher.”
Juan de Dios Vico wants to clear any doubt regarding Antonio Idígoras’ true Albayzín origins: “Antonio’s wife is Teresa Cabrera, a very well-known woman in Sacromonte, and his brother is the flamenco singer Curro Albayzín, who is an honorary member of this club.”