One of the most popular traditional female artists today is Carmen Linares, said by many to have one of the best female voices ever.
In recent years, flamenco has often been fused with other styles of music with great success. Radio Tarifa have melded traditional flamenco with even older medieval instruments from Africa and the Middle East. Ojos de Brujo have taken a more modern approach by adding hip-hop elements such as scratching and the odd bit of rapping into the mix. The 80s were a key era for new forms of flamenco, with Ketama and Pata Negra among the more successful acts of the time.