Estrella Morente and the Meaning of Olé

At a concert of Andalusian-born Flamenco singer Estrella Morente, whose often wild, incredibly expressive and complex singing is legendary in Spain, members of the audience would occasionally say “Olé”, as would Morante and her accompanists when one of them was performing particularly moving or daring passages. This is not bull-fighting olé most Westerners know of.

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