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Zambombas – Christmas in Jerez

Zambombas are like flamenco Christmas parties celebrated in Spain.  People gather to share food, dancing, and villancicos (Spanish Christmas carols).  Everyone takes part and has a great time!

The main musical instrument at these gatherings is the zambomba (giving it’s name to the  whole celebration.)  Clay zambombas are  large pots traditionally covered with animal skin. In the center of the cover, a long sick is secured.  The deep sound caused by rubbing the stick is used as a foundation beat for much of the music you will hear at one of these parties.

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