Mariana is a singing and dancing "palo flamenco". A binary flamenco style which belongs to the group of tangos. This singing became popular in the early 20th century, thanks to El Cojo de Málaga. That is the reason why this singer was known artistically as El Cojo de las Marianas as well as El Niño de las Marianas.
Later, “marianas” were revalued thanks to artists such as Bernardo el de los Lobitos, Curro Lucena, Jesus Heredia and Jose Menese.