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Diego El Cigala

His full name is Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar, but to contemporary flamenco fans he's known as Diego el Cigala, or "the Little Prawn." The famous flamenco singer José Monje Cruz gave him the nickname because of Diego's small size and the enormous passion that pours out of him (although it is also a reference to Cruz's own nickname, "Camarón," which is Spanish for "shrimp"). Singing in flamenco enthusiast clubs in Madrid's El Rastro district came first, then Diego was hired to accompany many of flamenco's most famous dancers. With the guitarist Antón Jiménez backing him, Diego went "in front" -- flamenco slang for having your own career -- in 1994. A steady stream of hit albums made him famous in the flamenco community, while the 2004 release, Lágrimas Negras, with Cuban jazz pianist Bebo Valdés, brought international acclaim, with both The New York Times and BBC Radio fawning over it. Two years later, his Sony BMG release, Picasso en Mis Ojos, would win the 2006 Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Album. Given the album's success, his label followed it with a hits comp simply titled Cigala in 2008. Meanwhile, he was in studios in Spain and Cuba with all-star musicians from both countries, revisioning boleros, ballads, and tangos. Dos Lágrimas was issued in 2009 and featured three charting singles in "Dos Gardenias," "Maria de la O," and "Historia de un Amor."

The artist, restless as ever, decided to investigate Argentinian tango next. He traveled to the country and recorded a live concert at the historic Gran Rex in Buenos Aires. To his regular band were added the talents of master bandoneonist Nestor Marconi, guitarist Juanjo Domínguez, violinist Pablo Agri, and cellist Diego Sanchez. A host of other Argentine collaborators included rocker Andrés Calamaro. Released only in Spain in June 2010, Cigala & Tango sold 74,000 copies in its first week. By October it had also been issued in Argentina and Columbia as well, and received gold status. It won the Latin Grammy for best tango album.

Cigala toured the album the world over for the next two years, but found time to record 2013's Romance de La Luna Tucumana, a boundary-pushing wedding of classic Adalusian song, tango, and rock. The album was produced by Diego Garcia (aka "El Twanguero"), who lent his fiery electric and acoustic guitar playing to the date. The album won Cigala another Latin Grammy for best tango album.

The singer cut Vuelve el Flamenco during a tour as a tribute to Paco De Lucia. Recorded live in Barcelona, the singer was accompanied by guitarist Diego Morao and a cajon.

Cigala moved to the Dominican Republic late in 2014. He continued touring, including a stint with Cuban legend Omara Portuondo. All the while, his wife Amparo Fernandez was battling cancer. She died unexpectedly while he was in Los Angeles, and he decided the concert should go on as a tribute to her. After returning home and a short hiatus, he went back on the road and to the recording studio. Still grieving and rife with the influence of Portuondo and the Cuban musicians in his heart, he undertook a massive project in order to heal himself. Booking time in six studios in Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, New York, and Miami, Cigala cut Indestructible, his first salsa album. He enlisted a host of producers and Cuban and salsa music legends including Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Oscar D’Leon, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Larry Harlow, Roberto Roena, and Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Indestructible was released in October 2016. ~ David Jeffries
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Indestructible

1. Moreno Soy

2. Juanito Alimaña

3. Conversación En Tiempo De Bolero (Feat. Gonzalo Rubalcaba )

4. El Paso De Encarnación (Feat. Oscar D'León)

5. Periódico De Ayer (Feat. Luis Aquino)

6. Fiesta Para Bebo (Feat. José Andro Mella Bosh, Los Muñequitos De Matanzas, Reyniel López González, Rafael Navarro Pujada)

7. Se Nos Rompió El Amor

8. Indestructible

9. El Ratón

10. Hacha Y Machete

11. Cómo Fue (Feat. Gonzalo Rubalcaba)

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Track List: Conversación En Tiempo De Bolero

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Track List: Indestructible (Single)

1. Indestructible

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Track List: El Ratón (Single)

1. El Ratón

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Track List: Moreno Soy (Single)

1. Moreno Soy

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Track List: Esencial Diego "El Cigala"

Disc 1

1. Chanelando - Pintor (Tangos)

2. Carmen La Canastera (Buleria)

3. Apenao - Toro (Rumba)

4. No Me Dejaron Ni Verla (Fandangos De Huelva)

5. Por Los Rios - Guitarra (Bulerias)

6. La Esperanza De Volar (Rumba)

8. Mas Oscura Que La Noche (Cante De Levante)

10. Suspiros De España

11. Madre Hermosa (Buleria)

12. Sobresaltos De Plata

13. Señor Del Aire (Guajira) [Dedicado A Juan Valderrama]

15. El Dia Que Yo Muera (Fandangos Naturales)

Disc 2

2. Luna De Plata - Gitana (Buleria)

3. Fuente Del Conocimiento (Solea)

5. Abriendo La Mañana (Bulerias)

6. La Fuente De Bebo (Buleria)

7. Romance - Mar (Sobresaltos De Plata)

9. Cadencia Inesperada (Nana)

10. Colorao, Colorao

11. Amar Y Vivir (Bolero)

12. Tientos Del Limon (Tientos - Tangos)

13. Malagueño - Azul (De Malaga Malagueñito)

14. Angelitos Negros

15. Camino De Galilea

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Track List: Romance De La Luna Tucumana

1. Cancion De Las Simples Cosas

2. Naranjo En Flor

3. Los Mareados

4. Milonga De Martin Fierro

5. Dejame Que Me Vaya

6. Romance De La Luna Tucumana

7. Siempre Paris

8. Por Una Cabeza

9. Balderrama

10. Nieblas Del Riachuelo

11. Cancion Para Un Nino En La Calle

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Track List: Diego El Cigala In Concert (Special Edition American Tour 2012)

1. El Día Que Me Quieras

3. En Esta Tarde Gris

4. Nostalgias

5. Alfonsina Y El Mar

6. Garganta Con Arena

7. Dos Cruces

8. Dos Gardenias

9. Un Amor De La Calle

10. Rosa Venenosa

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Track List: Dos Lágrimas

1. Si Te Contara

2. Dos Cruces

3. Bravo

4. Dos Gardenias

5. Compromiso

6. El Día Que Nací Yo

7. Historia De Un Amor

8. Caruso

9. Compasión

10. María De La Ó

11. Te Extraño

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Track List: Corren Tiempos De Alegria / Teatro Real

Disc 1

1. La Esperanza De Volar

2. Carmen La Canastera

3. Monarcos Y Republicanos

4. Ana, Dolores Y Aurora

5. Gitanos De La Cava

6. Hay Azules Que Se Caen De Moraos

7. Sea*Or Del Aire

8. La Loba

9. Corren Tiempos De Alegra*A

10. Amar Y Vivir

11. La Fuente De Bebo

12. Cadencia Inesperada

Disc 2

1. Fuente Del Conocimiento (Solea)

2. Mais Oscura Que La Noche (Cante De Levante)

3. No Me Dejaron Ni Verla (Fandangos De Huelva)

4. Tientos Del Limon (Tientos / Tangos)

5. Abriendo La Manana (Bulerias)

6. El Dia A Que Yo Me Muera (Fandangos)

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Track List: Corren Tiempos De Alegria

1. La Esperanza De Volar

2. Carmen La Canastera

3. Monarcos Y Republicanos

4. Ana, Dolores Y Aurora

5. Gitanos De La Cava

6. Hay Azules Que Se Caen De Moraos

7. Sea*Or Del Aire

8. La Loba

9. Corren Tiempos De Alegra*A

10. Amar Y Vivir

11. La Fuente De Bebo

12. Cadencia Inesperada

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Track List: Diego El Cigala Y Niño Josele - Teatro Real

1. Fuente Del Conocimiento (Solea)

2. Mas Oscura Que La Noche (Cante De Levante)

3. No Me Dejaron Ni Verla (Fandangos De Huelva)

4. Tientos Del Limon (Tientos - Tangos)

5. Abriendo La Mañana (Bulerias)

6. El Dia Que Yo Muera (Fandangos Naturales)

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elizabeth_27 1 6
Es unico, insuperable en su genero musical ❤️
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mspanishacad e m y
El mejor
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I love his voice n his accent !!
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Cuanta emoción y que nivel de intensidad!! Soy nacida un EEUU, hija de padres Mexicanos, y mexicana de corazón pero con una alma internaciona l . Diego, tu música me ha hechizado.
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Love his andaluz accent w classic gitano candor ,unique me pone en extasis eres genial sigala.
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ctegldr
Cigala no se equivoca!!! Lo mismo te interpreta un tango, un paso doble que un son. Maestro y grande del flamenco. OLE!
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private_me
This is an Artis that moves the soul with his voice, Que emoción al oír esa voz que canta con tanta pasión. Diego has a way of making me stop what I am doing to hear him sing.
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aurora61967
En una noche de Luna tenure
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Flamenco.de corazon completo y autentico.
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One of the greatest singer of all time.
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What que como donde cantas Cigala en Martes en el emesferio en Otra dimension Lo creo!!!
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This guy is one of the Kings of Flamenco. In a hundred years he will still heard!
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mruizb2
You need to hear him singing Tangos. He just released a live album at the Rex in Buenos Aires. Pure magic.
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Really guys? who cares what it means! he's a damn good singer!
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hoyerusa
I love cigala's song i think is the best in this genero
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Cigala is neither of those... nor a lobster or a shrimp. It's totally different... but it tastes good...
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dalila03
Cigala, is langostino, or a smaller fresh water version of lobster.
Diego was not called a shrimp, read it again. in reference to Cruz:
...although, it is also a reference to Cruz's own nickname, "Camarón," which is Spanish for "shrimp"
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"Cigala"-the word is actually translated "Lobster"not "shrimp." Get it right the man is a lobster not a shrimp.
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I want more than just Spanish speaking songs, how German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, anything but English, thank you.

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