Somos Gitanos

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2001
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597964226
  • Catalog Number: 79642
  • Sales rank: 242,893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Somos Gitanos (3:41)
  2. 2 Majiwi (4:31)
  3. 3 Mi Fandango (4:54)
  4. 4 Como un Silenco (4:50)
  5. 5 Lleva Me el Compas (3:32)
  6. 6 Felices Dias (3:35)
  7. 7 Poquito a Poco (3:12)
  8. 8 Magia del Ritmo (4:06)
  9. 9 Quiero Libertad (4:10)
  10. 10 Jo Busco un Camino (4:16)
  11. 11 Flamencos en el Aire (4:04)
  12. 12 Solo, Solo Dire (3:52)
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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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