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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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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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gpav35
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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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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dickcaudle19 4 5
HOTEL CALIFORNIA !! O.M.G (and,this time it ain't o. must go! )
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Wher do you find hotel california in Spanish by the gypsie kings.
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Fuego!
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Gipsy Kings -- totally rock in'. Always liked them. But they are absolutely a great way to start a Saturday night!
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Magical Music!! Love it!!
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Great first time I heard him
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watash127
Mo
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jim.orangebu c k e t
This is the kind of music that cures what ever ails you !
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awesome show at the Chicago theater...
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mac1956
Just theem @ Chicago Theatre - FABULOUSO!!! !
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Saw them at Ford Theater D.C. in 1989 for their self-titled album. Fab. Probably the closest reproduction of an album I've heard since. Saw them again in 2013. Terrible. Given, they are 25 years older and they don't have their voices anymore, but even the instrumental work was not good. Their first album will remain one of my all-time favorites and I am still a fan of all their work, but I won't see them again in concert.
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Lots and lots of wonderful memories associated with their music. Saw them perform in SF and at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. Awesome both times
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Love Pandora
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Luv em and love the vibe
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Incredible journey
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