What are Malagueñas? Traditional dance

Malagueñas are a traditional dance of Málaga, a style of traditional flamenco, which appeared in the early 19th century and stems from the old Malagan fandangos.

It differs from the fandango in that it has a touch that becomes increasingly slow and sustained.

It is accompanied by guitar and is a song without strict rhythm, the singer extending the verses at will, sometimes delaying the beat and sometimes advancing it.

There are different varieties of Malagueñas, distinguished by their rhythm and beat, which can be danceable or not.

The most common type has its own costume and dance. The Marengo or bolero dress is worn, and it is danced in pairs. It is a solemn and melodious song, typically consisting of four or five octosyllabic verses, which often become six due to repetition of the first or third verse.

In the late 1990s, Malagueñas began to be sung with respect to rhythm and beat, making them danceable, known as “fiesta Malagueñas”.



A la orilla de este mar
que al oído te susurra
Málaga quiero cantarte
y malagueñas bailarte a la luz de la luna

Como el vaivén de las olas
meciendo cada compás
como el vaivén de las olas
que poco a poco se acerca
y suavemente te besa
eres la novia del mar


Con jazmines en el pelo
descalza sobre la arena
con jazmines en el pelo
alza sus brazos al cielo
con orgullo malagueño
baila una niña morena


La brisa que me acompaña
la más suave y marinera
la brisa que me acompaña
llena mi tierra de aromas
de este mar que me enamora
al que no puedo olvidar.