Our history

The history of flamenco zambras in Granada is deep and rich, going back to the innovations of Antonio Torcuato “Cujón”, an outstanding gypsy from Itrabo. It was he who, in a blacksmith’s shop in the Plaza del Humilladero, conceived the idea of the first zambra. This precursor event gave way to the emblematic Zambra de los Amayas in Sacromonte, led by Captain Juan Amaya at the beginning of the 20th century.

Manolo Amaya, revered as the pioneer entrepreneur of the Sacromonte gypsy zambras, marked a milestone by being the first to commercialize these gatherings. Her cousin, “María la Gazpacha”, daughter of Fernando Amaya, shone as one of the first stars in these celebrations, participating in the first cante jondo contest in 1922.

In 2001, Sensi Amaya, a direct descendant of this illustrious family, revitalized the Amayas’ business legacy. He took the reins of the dean of Granada’s tablaos, the “Reina Mora”, transforming it into the “Tablao Flamenco Albayzín”. This movement not only honored the family tradition, but also breathed new life into the Granada flamenco scene.

Expansion continued in 2017 when Sensi Amaya extended its vision by acquiring a 19th century mansion in Malaga, inaugurating “Tablao Los Amayas” as a tribute to the painter Pablo Picasso. This space became a meeting point for flamenco fans, offering an immersive and authentic experience.

The Amayas’ legacy received a new chapter in 2024 when José and Manuel Amaya returned to Sacromonte. In the Cueva de los Amayas, they offer a flamenco experience in its purest and most authentic form, without public address system or artificial stages, highlighting the unique intimacy and complicity of the art of flamenco.

This rich history not only celebrates the Amaya family’s contribution to flamenco, but also invites flamenco enthusiasts to experience the magic of flamenco in its most authentic and traditional setting.

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