Gipsy Kings

Biography

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.

Birth Date: 1979

Origin: Arles, France

Genre: World 

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    18

    Majestic Theatre San Antonio

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, May 18, 2017

    San Antonio, TX

    Artists: Gipsy Kings


    15

    St Augustine Amphitheatre

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Start: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, June 15, 2017

    St Augustine, FL

    Artists: Gipsy Kings


    21

    House of Blues Houston

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Houston, TX

    Artists: Gipsy Kings


    24

    Chene Park

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Detroit, MI

    Artists: Gipsy Kings


    29

    New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Newark, NJ

    Artists: Gipsy Kings


    2

    The Paramount

    Sunday, July 2, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, July 2, 2017

    Huntington, NY

    Artists: Gipsy Kings


    8

    Silver Legacy Casino

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    Start: Saturday, February 11, 2017

    Ends: Friday, September 8, 2017

    Reno, NV

    Artists: Gipsy Kings


    9

    Vina Robles Amphitheatre

    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Paso Robles, CA

    Artists: Gipsy Kings


    Followers

  • Bustamante

    Genres: Pop Latino

  • Rodrigo y Gabriela

    Genres: World

  • Influencers

  • Pepe Pinto

    Genres: Flamenco

  • La Niña de los Peines

    Genres: World

  • Contemporaries

  • Pepe Habichuela

    Genres: Flamenco

  • Ketama

    Genres: World

  • Manolo Caracol

    Genres: Raíces

  • Ali Farka Touré

    Genres: World

  • Djavan

    Genres: MPB

  • Santa Esmeralda

    Genres: Dance

  • Zap Mama

    Genres: World

  • Ofra Haza

    Genres: World