It is the ritual cante of the weddings of the gypsy people and also, it is the song known with other denominations like albolá, alboleá or arbolá. Until recently, this cante was never heard except in weddings and also, it was prohibited that people who were not in the wedding hear it.
The name Alborea is a contraction of Alboreada but the exact meaning of the name has never been defined satisfactorily. The rhythm and the accompaniment of the guitar are exactly the same as the one of Soleá. The lyrics generally refer to the virginity of the bride.
For the most of gypsy cantaores, it is a cante that must be kept for the wedding atmosphere and should not be sung out of context.
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