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Gipsy Kings
1 Vimy Place,
Ottawa Ontario,
Posted by:    Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest - Ottawa  Arts & Entertainment
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Date of Event:    July 17th, 2010
From: 5:00 pm   To: 7:00 pm
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July 7, 2010 - 7:00pm Claridge Homes Stage

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. The band’s vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals are the trademarks of an indigenous musical tradition known as ‘rumba flamenca’.
 
There are no other examples of a non-English speaking band with such a consistent winning streak in the U.S., where the group is the biggest-selling French act ever. Since the 1987 release of the international hit single Bamboleo, from their platinum-selling eponymous debut album, the Gipsy Kings have dominated the World Music charts and sold more than fourteen million albums worldwide. Their platinum compilation, The Best of the Gipsy Kings, was on the charts for more than a year. The ensemble’s music has also been used in numerous motion pictures, including Peter Weir’s “Fearless” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Big Lebowski.”
 
When recording the Grammy-nominated acoustic release, Roots, the core members of the Gipsy Kings settled into a stone villa in the small town of St-Andre-de-Bueges in the south of France, where they collaborated with producer Craig Street. Billboard called the record a “treasure” and People Magazine said: “Beyond the strictures of language, these songs will resonate with anyone who loves heartfelt, meticulously performed music,” which sounds a lot like the enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans that attend the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest.
 
The Kings more recent releases include Unplugged (2006), Pasajero (2007), Flamenco Passion (2008), and Live in Los Angeles (2008).

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