In a 1700 dictionary the word “fandango” is defined as noisy music with drums and which people from the “Indies” do very well.
This rhythm arrives to Spain and expands widely. It joins other rhythms such as jotas and seguirillas which are today known as “fandango”.
“Fanda” in Kikongo, one of the Bantú languages, means party.
“Engó” is a suffix that indicates that the word is African.
The way both gypsies and black people do the dance, the music and the party in the streets is very similar. It is not documented anywhere because they were the lowest social classes. All the rhythm that black people did with drums, gypsies do it with their hands and feet and the rest of the body in flamenco. “Since we can’t touch the drum’s skin, we touch our own skin. Also, the gestures are towards ourselves, it’s not to put on a show, it’s about expressing a feeling”.