Question: Where does flamenco come from? It sounds Arabic to me.
Answer: Flamenco draws on a lot of influences. There is definitely a strong Moorish presence in the music, but flamenco also owes a lot to Jewish and gypsy music. Following the end of the Reconquista in 1492, the persecution of gypsies, Moors and Jews was stepped up, which pushed the ethnic minorities closer together. They started performing music together and gradually flamenco was born.