Tablao Zambra Museo María La Canastera
About Zambra Museo María La Canastera
The Cave of Maria La Canastera was founded in 1953 by María Cortes Heredia, “La Canastera”, considered to be one of the most representative artists in the history of flamenco in Granada. Since early childhood Maria “la Canastera” danced in the Sacromonte Zambras, which is where she became a consummate artist.
East of the wall that surrounds the Albayzin and in front of the Alhambra, among agave and pear cactus plants we discover the unusual caves of Sacromonte; a district inhabited by people of different origins and social extract. The history of this district is characterized by people of different cultures, ranging from the Moors who had been shunned from the city, the gypsy craftsmen who accompanied the royal troops that conquered the city, and travelling craftspeople in search of new inspiration and frontiers. All these people were responsible for the inception of Granada style flamenco, developing an exciting blend with the musical trends of the moment interpreted in the pre-nuptial ceremonies of the Granada Moors, and their own musical heritage. Fruit of this extraordinary blend of cultures was born the Zambras that we know today.
In the first half of the 20th century, some caves became authentic temples to gypsy art and true museums of ornate walls covered in memories, photographs and vibrant neighborhood art work. These caves had names of their own: Lola Medina, el Pitilin, Manolo Amaya, la Golondrina, la Faraona and María la Canastera. Through the doors of Maria la Canastera passed royalty from around the world, Nobel Prize winners, Hollywood stars, politicians and celebrities from the world over. Above all, thousands and thousands of enthusiastic visitors who enjoyed the passion and art that was shared within these walls by Granda’s most emblematic gypsy dynasties.
This Zambra Gitana catedral is directed by Enrique “El Canastero”, Maria’s son, who currently takes care of and nurtures the cave with the same affection and involvement his mother had in her day. Enrique conserves everything the way it originally was, which is why the cultural institutions of Granada consider this another one of Grandas´s important museums. 7 artists, among them highlight José Candela and José Antonio Heredia Heredia "El Chónico".
Perhaps in New York or Paris one can see gypsy folklore performances of enormous quality, but the caves of Sacromonte keep watch over the truly authentic color and flavor of gypsy art. Entrepreneurs defend the concept of family business and family tradition with a history of centuries behind them. All of these caves, as does the María La Canastera cave, nourish the world of flamenco artists with the stamp of Designation of Origin.