Twenty-five years after his opening album Manera, Fru-Fru, Manera, Fagner commemorates his highly successful career interpreting old hits sided by important or successful artists as guest stars: the fundamental samba singer Ângela Maria; the decisive composer Chico Buarque; the selling phenomenon Zezé di Camargo e Luciano; the important composers/performers Djavan, Luís Melodia, and Milton Nascimento; the great interpreter Emílio Santiago; and several others.
If the aim of Flamencopolis is to alter any misguided impressions that flamenco is a staid music and dance style whose components are set in stone with little room for innovation, it succeeds wildly. In recent years, artists such as Ojos de Brujo, Ketama and the rocking Raimundo Amador (the latter two are included here, the former, unfortunately, are not) have taken the basic elements of traditional flamenco and created from them something appropriately called nuevo flamenco. Placed side by side with the more traditional form, which often occurs on this project, the two branches of the music sometimes sound so dissimilar that one could make a case that they are not even related. But as if to prove the point that they are indeed, and that the possibilities go even further, Flamencopolis not only converges the new and old flamenco styles, but invites artists from outside of the genre to collaborate with some of flamenco's greats, thus making even more clear that flamenco is capable of seamless integration.
"La leyenda del tiempo" marked a giant step in the renewal of flamenco, both for originating from Camaron - who by now moved the masses around him - as well as for the bravery of including rock and jazz instrumentation in flamenco". Camaron de la Isla is one of the finest flamenco musicians Spain has ever produced, and this is perhaps his best album. It is one of the first–and most powerful–instances of traditional flamenco being melded with modern sounds (e.g. electric bass guitar and backing drums) but is LIGHT YEARS better than the hollow, fluffy modern flamenco fusion so popular today. Mixing traditional cante jondo with rock-influence, deep bass famenco fusions, "Leyenda del Tiemp" provides an amazing experience every listen.