Vamo Alla Flamenco is a depiction of Vamos allá, Flamenco, a Spanish expression meaning freely "Let's go, Flamenco". A common idiom in southern Spain, the title may refer to the tune's "Spanish" feel. The guitar in this type of music is called a Flamenco Guitar or Guitarra Flamenca, and guitarist at these dance parties is called the Flamenco(a). Saying Vamos allá Flamenco, guests are asking the guitarist to speed up the tempo or beat.
"Vamo Alla Flamenco" includes in its harmonic center the chord progression of a famous Flamenco guitar musical theme, "La Malagueña" and shares its diatonic scale of E-minor. The main theme is taken from the traditional tune "La Folia" with its distinctive flattened leading note triad in the fourth bar (G-major triad in the A-minor of "Vamo' Alla Flamenco"). La Folia can be heard in several other tracks in Final Fantasy IX, including the "Black Mage Village" and "Vivi's Theme".
Game appearances Edit
"Vamo Alla Flamenco" was included in the original soundtrack as the seventh track of the album's first disc. It plays during the sword fight minigame between Blank and Zidane near the beginning of the game, and when playing Chocobo Hot and Cold.
Arrangement Album appearances Edit
A piano arrangement of "Vamo Alla Flamenco" by Shirō Hamaguchi is included on the Piano Collections album. It is the fourth track of the album.
"Vamo Alla Flamenco" appears on this Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary arrangement album.
A hard rock arrangement titled "Vamo' Alla Flamenco" is featured in The Black Mages' second album, where the acoustic guitar is mostly replaced by an electric guitar. It is the third track of the album.
Live performances Edit
"Vamo' Alla Flamenco" was one of the pieces performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tokyo International Forum on February 20th, 2002. It was the eighth theme played in the concert and is the twelfth track of the first disc of the concert recording's album.
LIVE "Above The Sky" Edit
The Black Mages' "Vamo' Alla Flamenco" was the first song performed at their 2005 concerts at Club Citta in Kawasaki City, Japan and Namba Hatch in Osaka City, Japan.
This track was present on the orchestral concert performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden on December 4th, 2007.
"Vamo' Alla Flamenco" is included on this live recording of an orchestral concert, performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010.
Compilation album appearances Edit
A cut of "Vamo' Alla Flamenco" is featured among the "best of" album of Final Fantasy IX. It was the fifth track of the album.
The Piano Collections version of "Vamo Alla Flamenco" was included as the sixth track of this "best-of" album of Final Fantasy music remixes.