Somos Gitanos

Somos Gitanos

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by Gipsy Kings
     
 

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The world's favorite flamenco family returns after a four-year hiatus with Somos Gitanos, an album that boldly proclaims their Gypsy heritage. Led by the lightning-fingered Tonino Baliardo, these natives of Arles, France took the world by storm with their 1988 hit "Bamboleo," and since then, the Kings have proven their consistency with passionate bursts ofSee more details below

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The world's favorite flamenco family returns after a four-year hiatus with Somos Gitanos, an album that boldly proclaims their Gypsy heritage. Led by the lightning-fingered Tonino Baliardo, these natives of Arles, France took the world by storm with their 1988 hit "Bamboleo," and since then, the Kings have proven their consistency with passionate bursts of rumba strumming, brawny flamenco crooning, and a whole lotta heart, album after album. Like the robust wines of Southern France, they've only gotten better, each album inching away from the Riviera disco that characterized their early breakout. "Majiwi" finds them collaborating with a fellow French Gypsy legend, the guitarist Thierry Robin on a North African-influenced number that's as authentic as this music gets. Heartening elsewhere are the appearances of accordions, the Persian ney flute, and harp. With the departure of occasional vocalist Canut Reyes, vocals are shared between Nicolas and Patchai Reyes (on the bluesy "Poquito a Poco") each with characteristic intensity. Their fame affording them the luxury of bucking trends and outside interference, the Kings continue to do what they do best on Somos Gitanos, making irresistible flamenco pop that's at once rustic and timeless.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon Azpiri
It seems that you just can't escape the Gipsy Kings. If you've were in a Mexican-themed restaurant, Latin dance club, or vacation resort in the '90s, you've likely heard the Gipsy Kings' brand of pop flamenco ad nauseam. Their music has become so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget the fact that they are very talented musicians. Somos Gitanos ("We Are Gypsies") is not their best or most accessible effort, but it is a showcase for the Gipsy Kings' formidable talents. The brothers Reyes and Baliardo provide the kind of traditional flamenco, on tracks like "Mi Flameco" and "Felices Dias," that fans expect while also throwing in a few decidedly non-traditional touches. "Majiwi" mixes in Middle-Eastern elements, and is the most danceable track on the album. Similarly, "Magia del Ritmo" provides a bedrock of Brazilian rhythm for their trademark guitar sound. Casual fans may find these departures off-putting, but for everyone else this album is a testament to the Gipsy Kings' immense charm and skill.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2001
Label:
Columbia Europe
UPC:
5099750346525
catalogNumber:
5034652

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gipsy Kings   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Palmas
André Ceccarelli   Drums
Bob Boisadan   Piano,Accordion
Gerard Prevost   Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Pacheco Rodolfo   Conga
Andre Reyes   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Palmas
Nicolás Reyes   Vocals,Background Vocals
Thierry Robin   Bouzouki,Oud
Rabah Khalfa   Percussion,Darbouka
Dominique Vernhes   Accordion
Patchai Reyes   Vocals,Background Vocals
Denis Benarrosch   Percussion
Negrito Trasante-Crocco   Drums,Timbales,Bells
Tonino Baliardo   Guitar
Georges "Baule" Reyes   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Palmas
Abdelhamid Hmaoui   Ney
Laurent de Gasperis   Electric Guitar
Dominique Droin   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Marc Jacquemin   Drums
Eric Berdeaux   Tambourine

Technical Credits

Claude Martinez   Producer
Gerard Prevost   Arranger,Producer
Francois Delabriere   Engineer
Raphaël Jonin   Mastering
Jean-Marc Labbe   Engineer
Eric Berdeaux   Engineer

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