This is an article written by Manuel Bohórquez and it was published on the 7 April 2017. The source of this text is the online version of El Correo De Andalucía, and it was published in an electronic format on the following webpage.
El Correo De Andalucía is a newspaper that was founded in 1899. It is published in Spanish and it offers general news stories to the residents of the Andalusian region. The author of the article, Manuel Bohórquez, is a journalist, radio presenter, writer as well as a flamenco critic for El Correo de Andalucía. He received a flamencology award on behalf of the Institution of flamencology of Jerez in Spain.
The article titled ‘’La noche de las cristales rotos’’ talks about the misrepresentation of historical events related to the gypsy community and flamenco which occurred in the neighbourhood of Triana in Seville. In this text, Manuel Bohórquez aims to present his argument regarding the true historical background of flamenco in Triana and in the process provides information on the background of the gypsy community, the different flamenco artists, and the social changes in Seville.
The function of this text is to inform the reader on the blurred historical narrative that was presented by Ricardo Pachón, a music producer who is considered to be the most influential producer of the history of new and modern flamenco. In Pachón’s documentary, titled Triana pura y pura (2015), he states that an expulsion of gypsy families took place in Triana during the 1950’s, but it also depicts the reunion of gypsy families in 1982 for ‘one last big blowout’ to ‘celebrates the end of an indomitable race’. (cultura.cervantes.es)
However, Manuel Bohórquez states that the expulsion was not forced, both gypsy and non gypsies moved from Triana in order to live in better conditions as the communal apartments in Triana were on the brink of collapse. He argues that Triana was home to not only gypsy flamenco artists, but also to artists who had no cultural connection with the gypsy community. Hence, to deem that the expulsion of only gypsy families from Triana was the cause of the death of Flamenco, as well as the dissolution of the community, is unacceptable to Manuel Bohórquez.
The text type of this journalistic article is explanatory, persuasive, and argumentative, but it also features aspects of an informational account as the author recalls certain anecdotal historical events that are relevant to his case.
The intended target audience are the residents of Seville as they are probably the most interested in the history of their city, as well as other flamenco critics and historians. Furthermore, El Correo de Andalucía is aimed at the residents of Andalusia, hence its name, thus it might feature certain aspects of Andalusian Spanish that might not be common in mainstream Castilian Spanish.