Ole is an exclamation used to express enthusiasm at a flamenco performance. It
serves to underline the important role the audience plays when flamenco is performed.
Ole isn't just a cheer of encouragement; it's a deep expression of complicity
among the artists themselves. Ole is also the name of an Andalusian dance from
the eighth century, performed to the accompaniment of castanets.
Ole is the shout, the affirmation, the primal communication of those witnessing
the performer's art that what is being witnessed is very pleasing (whether it
be toque, baile or cante). The term ole is theorized to have its roots in the
Moorish title of Allah. So when we are yelling ole we are essentially on a spiritual
level blessing the act itself.
O. Pescado Cavanaugh, United States
Ole: (Probably originally a cry to God, or Allah) An expression of approval
and a sharing, a joining; a relating of special moments when watchers and listeners
are in accord with the emotions of the performer. As totally unrehearsed and spontaneous
in its utterance as is the moment when the soul of the artists is truly free of
inhibition or restraint. In its simplest form it means...YES!
Jim Morris, England
Ole is an expression used to praise good guitar playing, singing or dancing.
For a person who is really moved by flamenco, when they see a fine bailaor or
listen to a guitarist or vocalist who thrills them, it isn't enough to give just
applause, they need to say something that just bursts up from inside.
Amalia Megías López, Spain
Ole is the moment that fills a vocalist, guitarist or dancer with joy
it's then that they know they've reached people's hearts with their cante, toque
or baile. An ole is a fundamental component in flamenco.
Ole is an expression derived from Arab culture, without any clear definition,
which is used to inspire and encourage flamenco artists.
Jorge Montero Ruiz, Spain
Ole is a spoken expression we use in Andalusia to rate something well done
a success. Ole is, at the same time, a feeling that's transmitted in flamenco
when someone has done a 'cante', 'baile' or 'toque' well.
Antonio J. de la Fuente Garcia, Spain
Ole is a 'jaleo' or shout of encouragement, which surges up from deep in your
soul when the artist has made his or her declaration.
"El ole es una palabra que no tiene explicación, el ole, primita
mía, sale del corazón. El ole primito mío, no lo puedo remediar,
por eso di conmigo ole,ole con ole y olá" (Ole is a word without explanation;
ole, my young friend, comes from the heart. There's nothing I can do about ole,
my friend, so say with me ole, ole and olá), as La Niña de los Peines
sings 'por bulerías'.
Ole is a show of enthusiasm and pleasure, a salute and a compliment offered
to someone who is singing, playing or dancing. Ole is the flamenco way of praising
Aline Pavia, Brazil
Ole is the pent-up emotion which breaks free, fuelled by the passion of a soul
which expresses itself in a wailing 'quejío' or in the vigor of their performance.
Ole is the way to tell the artist that their playing, singing or dancing has
made an impact on you and feels good.
Ole is the flamenco verbalization of the primitive scream which encapsulates
all of human emotion. It can be interpreted as an incentive or as a victory. It's
more unexpected than planned, and occupies a space that a thousand words could
Maristela Navas, Brazil
Ole is 'jaleo'. Admiration, participation... One of the many spontaneous expressions
familiar to the flamenco arts (arsa, agua, eso es...). It rouses, it sets the
mood. Essential for creating the right atmosphere between artist and audience.
Eric van Santen, Holland
Ole is the ultimate expression of pleasure when one is witnessing cante, baile
or toque. And as La Niña de los Peines tells us 'por bulerías':
"El ole es una palabra que no tiene explicación, el ole es una palabra
que sale del corazón" (Ole is a word without explanation, ole is a
word that comes from the heart.)
Francisco Javier Vázquez Ramos, Spain
Ole is a cry which surges up straight from the heart. It's a solemn and majestic
word, flung at an artist in recognition of his latest act of virtuosity. It's
what puts the spice into flamenco.
Felipe Pineda, Spain
Ole is verbal applause.
Rosario, Mexico City
Ole is an expression of admiration for the piece of music that has just been
danced to, sung or played.
Ole is the word that springs forth spontaneously when one identifies and feels
the spirit of flamenco. It rewards, affirms and stimulates feelings.
Beatriz Contreras, United States
The word ole is used during dance, singing and guitar playing to express approval,
encouraging the artists. The word is originally Arabic, invoking Allah.
Everdine de Vreede-Volkers, The Netherlands
Nowadays my personal 'jaleo' for anything that excites me.
Ole is a provocation to the feet and to the soul.
Ole is the materialization, in the form of a word, of that knot you feel in
your stomach when you hear something truly flamenco.
Ole is passion put into three letters.
Ole is a form of 'jaleo', it's like a dare.