The word 'saeta' literally means 'arrow' or 'dart', but it is also a crucial component of the processions which characterize Holy Week in Spain. A saeta is a flamenco lament directed at Our Lady as she endures the capture, humiliation and execution of her son, Jesus. In major cities it is usually sung by a recognized vocalist from the world of popular music, and with local connections. The sound is harsh and lyrical at the same time, and you can hear flamenco's Indian and Arab roots. It's not to everyone's taste, but Holy Week would not be complete without it. This example is from Málaga, and the singer who is from the city, is Diana Navarra.

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