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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: 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: 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: 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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Spectacular, always.
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rsylvia68
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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sophiero71
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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navarrod1113
awesome guitar work
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imsendingyou t h i s
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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paulabze
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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I wish that I could see them live- I am soooo envious of those of you who have!
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Nice write-up on the Bio. I've enjoyed the Kings for over 20 years now. I saw them in concert in So. California, and have to say they were as good, if not better, live.
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czbacnik94
It has to be about 15 years ago when I was flipping channels on my tv and caught the Gipsy Kings in mid concert at some college. Thousands of college kids were loving that concert...an d I couldn't change the channel!! Awesome! They are so captivating; been a fan for all these years now! I can't explain the attraction.. . r a w . . . . e n e r g y and rhythm...it' s positively sensational.
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I saw them on Saturday outside of Albuquerque
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Just saw them in Nashville Tennessee. It was amazing!
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Awesome
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I have seen them on the tube, Live would be really super....... . t h e y are a legend in Europe
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Great band! Ive been a fan for many years
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Really disappointed I won't be able to go to their concert. They are a legend.
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kbar45
Pure life passion = Love
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tbourus6
Fantastic...
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I can listen to this music all day long!!!!
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I REALLY LOVE THIS MUSIC!!
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The music is pure magic pure soul pure life played with so much passion , joy and love
You cannot excape the moment thank you
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An overwhelming heartfelt gratitude for all your music. Passionate, rhythmic, soulful, peaceful, and most of all I can dance to it forever. Next time you're in NYC I must see a concert!!! Un abrazo muy fuerte!
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yes! is all I can say ��
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Mi amo Grsnt
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natashawrigh t 6 1
I remember hearing and seeing this video on BET Carribean Rhythmns.
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moteshita84
Good
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maria0411.mm
Hot
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jazzerie1
Love em!
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While they do not produce a purist's idea of genuine flamenco, THEY ARE THEIR OWN SOUND. I love flamenco. I love the Gypsy Kings.
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People everywhere, turn to Jesus Christ. He is the only love that will set you free. Ask Him to forgive your sins genuinely and He will. He died and shed His blood so we could be forgiven. And He loves you so much!!
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ctegldr
Mi primer baile fue Bamboleo de Los GK a los 6 años. Siempre me traen nostalgia y muchos recuerdos.
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A Mi Manera..Bamb o l e o .
Going back to memories at
Cafe Maurice French Bistro
mid*east european dance nights..
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Joy and happiness. Let it wash over you.
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kellycrow9
I'm the son of Andre
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YES!!!
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I first heard flamenco by Ricardo Bilario aka Manitas de Plata (Little Silver Hands) who is the father of three of the Gipsey Kings and the uncle of others. He died very recently.

Look him up on Wikipedia. His sons got their talent from him.

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LIKE ! ! !
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Willie and lobo
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I so enjoy their music and love the acoustic guitar
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Love them
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register2244
Hotel California :)
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LOVE THE POWER OF THE STINGS THDY BING
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s7dstrose
They are awesome but the Hotel song was a mistake
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locoflamenca
Hotel California.. . f r o m The Big Labowski sound track....
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