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Gipsy Kings

The Gipsy Kings are largely responsible for bringing the joyful sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to the world. The band started out in Arles, a village in southern France, during the '70s when brothers Nicolas and Andre Reyes, the sons of renowned flamenco artist Jose Reyes, teamed up with their cousins Jacques, Maurice, and Tonino Baliardo, whose father is Manitas de Plata. They originally called themselves Los Reyes and started out as a Gypsy band traveling about playing weddings, festivals, and in the streets. Because they lived so much like Gypsies, the band adopted the name the Gipsy Kings. Later, they were hired to add color to posh parties in St. Tropez. Popularity did not come to Los Reyes right away, and their first two albums attracted little notice. At this point the Gipsies played traditional -- albeit passionate -- flamenco music punctuated by Tonino's precise guitar playing and Nicolas' exceptional voice. Though they had devoted fans, they still had yet to gain wider recognition until 1986 when they hooked up with visionary producer Claude Martinez, who could see that the Kings had the makings of a world-class band.

Thanks to Martinez, the Kings began to relax a bit and take on a more contemporary edge, combining their traditional songs with sounds from the Middle East, Latin America, North Africa, a hint of rock, and their inimitable joy. It was, in a music industry filled with flamenco purists who resisted any kind of change, a very daring move, and many felt the Gipsy Kings would fall flat and disappear. But the naysayers were wrong. In 1987 they released "Djobi Djoba" and "Bamboleo" on an independent label and scored two smash hits in France. Their success led them to sign with Sony Music and release their eponymous debut album later that year. Again, they had tremendous sales in France, and then found their album was appearing on the Top Ten album charts in 12 European countries, including England, which is traditionally unreceptive to international music.

In the late '80s, the Gipsy Kings, debuted in the U.S. at the New York New Music Seminar. This led them to sign to Sony in America. In 1989, they were invited to perform at the inaugural ball for George Bush, but they chose to return home to rest and be with their families. Later that year, they held an SRO concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where the Gipsy Kings hobnobbed with some of the world's biggest pop stars, including Elton John and Eric Clapton. To top off their great year, the Kings' debut album spent 40 weeks on the U.S. charts and went gold, becoming one of the few Spanish albums to do so. The Kings have had an active release schedule ever since, including the albums Mosaique (1989), Live! (1992), Love & Liberte (1994), Tierra Gitana (1996), Cantos de Amor (1998), Somos Gitanos (2001), and Roots (2004). After extended touring, a new studio album Pasajero appeared in 2007, followed later that year by Live in Los Angeles. The Gipsy Kings continued touring the globe almost incessantly before taking an extended break during which several greatest-hits and best-of compilations appeared. In September of 2013, the band celebrated its 25th anniversary with the release of Savor Flamenco. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Liberte

1. Improvisation Gitane (Vamos A Bailar)

2. Bem Bem Maria

3. Viento Del Arena

4. Fandango

5. Mosaique

6. El Camino

7. Pena Penita

8. A Mi Manera

9. Passion

10. DJobi DJoba

11. Caminando Por La Calle

12. Trista Pena

13. Bamboleo

14. Pharaon

15. Chiribi

16. Liberte

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Track List: Savor Flamenco

1. Caramelo

2. Bye Bye (Ella Me Dice Vay)

3. Como L'agua

4. Tiempo Del Sol

5. Me Voy

6. Fairies Melody

7. Samba Samba

8. Corazon

9. Savor Flamenco (Tango Flamenco)

10. Sueno

11. Habla Contingo

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Track List: Gipsy Kings Live In Los Angeles

1. Liberté (Live)

2. Chiribi (Live)

3. Pharaon (Live)

4. Bamboleo (Live)

5. Trista Pene (Live)

6. Caminado Por La Calle (Live)

7. Djobi, Djoba (Live)

8. Passion (Live)

9. A Mi Manera (Live)

10. Pena Penita (Live)

11. El Camino (Live)

12. Mosaique (Live)

13. Mi Fandango (Live)

14. Viento Del Arena (Live)

15. Bem Bem Maria (Live)

16. Improvisation Gitane (Vamos A Bailar (Live)

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Track List: Festival Gitano

1. Gitanillos Somos

2. Peteneras y Seguidillas

3. De Motril Al Puerto

4. Zorongo Gitano

5. Al Volver del Capo un Día

6. Alegrías

7. Danza del Sacatín

8. Cosas de Mancilla

9. La Caña

10. Regla la Gitana

11. Tientos y Fandangos

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Track List: !Volare! The Very Best Of The Gipsy Kings

Disc 1

1. Volare

2. Bamboleo

3. Djobi Djoba

4. Bem, Bem, Maria

5. Baila Me

6. Pida Me La

7. Soy

8. Sin Ella

9. Vamos A Bailar

10. A Ti A Ti

11. La Rumba De Nicolas

12. No Vivere

14. La Dona

15. Oy

16. A Tu Vera

17. Ami Wa Wa (Solo Por Ti)

18. Oh Eh Oh Eh

19. A Mi Manera

Disc 2

1. Tu Quieres Volver

2. Un Amor

3. Escucha Me

4. Habla Me

5. No Volvere

6. Caminando Por La Calle

7. Mujer

8. Este Mundo

9. Ternuras

10. Quiero Saber

11. Inspiration

12. El Camino

13. Trista Pena

14. Viento Del Arena

15. Passion (Instrumental)

16. Mi Corazon

17. I've Got No Strings

18. Hotel California

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Track List: Pasajero

1. Si Tu Me Quieres

2. Pueblos

3. Mira La Chica

4. Cafe

5. Chan Chan

6. Canastero

7. Donde Esta Mi Amor

8. Amor

10. Sol Y Luna

11. Guaranga

12. Pasajero

13. Recuerdos A Zucarados

14. La Vida De Gipsy

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Track List: Roots

1. Aven, Aven

2. Legende

3. Fandango (Patchai)

4. Bolerias

5. Rhythmic

6. Como Siento Yo

7. Amigo

8. Tarantas

9. Fandango (Nicholas)

10. Boogie

11. Nuages

12. Como Ayer

13. Soledad

14. Tampa

15. Hermanos

16. Petite Noya

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Track List: Somos Gitanos

2. Majiwi

3. Mi Fandango

4. Como Un Silencio

5. Lleva Me El Compas

7. Poquito A Poco

8. Magia Del Ritmo

9. Quiero Libertad

10. Jo Busco Un Camino

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Track List: Cantos De Amor / Love Songs

1. Un Amor

2. Gitano Soy

3. A Mi Manera

4. No Volvere

5. Love & Liberte

6. Quiero Saber

7. Mi Corazon

8. Caminando Por La Calle

9. Madre Mia

10. Passion (Instrumental)

11. Habla Me

12. Tu Quieres Volver

13. Mujer

14. Trista Pena

15. Inspiration

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Track List: Compas

1. Ami Wa Wa (Solo Por Ti)

2. Que Si Que No (Funiculi Funicula)

3. Una Rumba Por Aqui

4. Recuerdo Apasionado

5. Mira La Itana Mora

6. La Fiesta Comenza

7. Canto A Brazil

8. Salsa De Noche

9. Mi Nino

10. Di Me

11. Obsesion De Amor

12. Lo Mal Y Lo Bien

13. Amor Gitano

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Track List: Tierra Gitana

1. A Ti A Ti

2. Siempre Acaba Tu Vida

3. Estrellas

4. Mi Corazon

5. Mujer

6. Tierra Gitana

7. Pajarito

8. Los Peces En El Rio

9. Igual Se Entonces

10. Catalu?a

11. A Tu Vera

12. Campesino

13. La Rumba De Nicolas

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Track List: Best of Gipsy Kings

1. Djobi Djoba

2. Viento Del Arena

3. Baila Me

4. Un Amor

5. Moorea

6. Volare

7. Quiero Saber

8. Escucha Me

9. La Dona

10. Montana

11. Bem, Bem, Maria

12. Trista Pena

13. Bamboleo

14. Galaxia

15. Vamos A Bailar

16. Love & Liberte

17. A Tu Vera

18. Medley: Bamboleo, Volare, Djobi Djoba, Pida Me La, Baila Me

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Track List: Love & Liberte

1. No vivere

2. Campana

3. Escucha me

4. Ritmo de la noche

5. Madre Mia

6. Pedir a tu corazon

7. Michael

8. Queda te aqui

9. Guitarra negra

10. Navidad

11. Montana

12. Love & Liberte

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Track List: Live

1. Intro

3. La Dona

4. El Mauro

5. Bem Bem Maria

6. Trista Pena

7. Odeon

8. Sin Ella

9. Quiero Saber

10. La Quiero

11. Habla Me

12. Galaxia

13. Fandango

14. Tu Quieres Volver

15. Oh Ma?

16. Djobi Djoba

17. Bamboleo

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Track List: Este Mundo

1. Baila Me

2. Sin Ella

3. Habla Me

4. Lagrimas

5. Oy

6. Mi Vida

7. El Mauro

8. No Volvere

9. Furia

10. Oh Mai

11. Ternuras

12. Este Mundo

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Track List: Mosaique

1. Caminando Por La Calle

2. Viento Del Arena

3. El Camino

4. Mosaique

5. Serana

6. Liberte

7. Volare

8. Trista Pena

9. Nina Morena

10. Passion (Instrumental)

11. Soy

12. Vamos A Bailar

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Track List: Allegria

1. Pena Penita

2. Allegria

3. La Doña

4. Solituda

5. Sueño

6. Djobi Djoba

7. Un Amor

8. Papa, No Pega La Mama

9. Pharaon

10. Tristessa

11. Recuerda

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Track List: Gipsy Kings

1. Bamboleo

2. Tu Quieres Volver

3. Moorea

4. Bem, Bem, Maria

5. Un Amor

6. Inspiration

7. A Mi Manera (Comme d'Habitude)

8. Djobi, Djoba

9. Faena

10. Quiero Saber

11. Amor, Amor

12. Duende

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Track List: Luna De Fuego

1. Amor De Un Dia

2. Luna De Fuego

3. Calaverada

4. Galaxia

5. Ruptura

6. Gipsyrock

7. Viento Del Arena

8. Princessa

9. Olvidado

10. Ciento

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This is magic music, hauntingly gorgeous....
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BAMBOLEO
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HERMOSA CANCIÓN ♡
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Gypsy Kings is on my Go To List when I am having one of those...im not sure what I feel like listening to today days. It always always hits the spot.
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Fan forever saw them live twice Tucson and Phoenix listened to them in Germany nonstop
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The best of the best
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Come to Los Angeles please.
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Still waiting for Julio Iglesias
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There music fills your soul & stirs the heart
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Stirs my soul
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como me encanta Los Gipsy Kings..
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Muy bueno!
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I love this kind of music!!! It's like celebration, LIKE FREEDOM
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The best!
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vive les rois de la gitane
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Passion!!!
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Some song ever :-) :-)
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So good;.
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I was instantly hooked when I heard this song... So full of emotion, heart, and soul. A gift to the world!
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Just a beautiful state of mind
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Beautiful song either in Spanish or English The emotion is still there
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I was at their concert 2 weeks ago in St. Petersburg, Florida. Nothing like a live show. I hope I will see them again live someday. They are one of my favorite groups.
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Fantastic.
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We where in Arles,France where the kings are and met one of them, nice surprise and nice little town. They're great.
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Everyone loves Gipsy!!!
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Entusiasta música interpretada con gran sentimiento como manejar el tempo...lo que la música de baile, sobresalient e !
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Wow
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Te añoro España y México.
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I hope I get to see them LIVE on day!!! Love them!!
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Bella musica! Music blended in so many cultural roots as is in the Meiterranean countries of Spain, France middle Eastern blend and other Latin countries... . . L o v e and music has no barriers all music is good for the soul.....whe n e v e r I feel down I listen to music and voila I am happy once more....
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Fabulous KINGS with origins in Lebanon. I love their music an enthusiasm
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Excellent!
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They take me to my "SPECIAL" place whenever I need to feel grounded and back in the world with a changed attitude! Very uplifting and passionate! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
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Spectacular, always.
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This guy's are so refreshing to hear.
Love their style!!!
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Love Gipsy's music ....i don't know why just in love
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One of my favorite bands, the music is such full of life and enchantment. I was fortunate to attend a concert in Lake Tahoe, CA and Berkeley, Ca. WOULD go see them in contact again. When do they come to California?? I'm a super big fan...
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Los mejores!!4⃣�
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My mom played this music for me when I was still in the womb and after I was just born so I am forever tied to these songs
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There is no better. Bucket list a Kings' concert.
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I told robrt not to eat teh appl but he did it anyways and now the holidays is ruin
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awesome guitar work
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I love you! �� you bring such passion to my life with your amazing music ����
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Loli y manuel
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Great music
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Can never get enough of these Kings....... . a n d , yes live would be the ultimate.... . .
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