Why See Weekend Spectacular: Gipsy Kings?
The Gypsy Kings Bring Flamenco To The Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl presents a sizzling summer evening of flamenco and afro-mexican folk fusion music during the Weekend Spectacular concert series. Topping the bill are contemporary flamenco heroes The Gipsy Kings featuring core founding members Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, who'll get the crowd grooving and moving alongside Los Angeles' very own chicano outfit Las Cafeteras, a collective that fuses the spoken word with traditional folk Son Jarocho music and the Andalusian Zapatedo dancing style.
Formed in Arles, a small village in the South of France, by the sons of iconic Flamenco performer Jose Reyes and their cousins, The Gipsy Kings called upon their Gitano (gypsies of Spanish heritage who left Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War) heritage and brought the music of their ancestors to weddings, festivals and street parties all over the country.
Mainstream success came calling in 1987, with the professional release of smash hit songs 'Djobi Djoba' and 'Bambelo', two singles that heralded their bold updating of flamenco with the sounds of the Middle East, North Africa and South America. In the late 80s they signed to Sony in America, sealing their legacy as a world music band whose international success culminated in 13 studio albums and a Grammy Award win for Best World Music Album.
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