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The Gipsy Kings are a group of flamenco , salsa and pop musicians from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France who perform in a mixture of languages, mostly in Spanish, but also mixing dialects from the South of France. They are known for bringing Catalan rumba , a pop -oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences. The group originally called itself Los Reyes. Their music has a particular rumba flamenca style, with pop influences; many songs of the Gipsy Kings fit social dances , such as salsa and rumba.

Their music has been described as a place where "Spanish flamenco and gypsy rhapsody meet salsa funk". The Gipsy Kings, born in France but brought up with Spanish culture, are largely responsible for bringing the sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to a worldwide audience. The band started out in Arles , a town in southern France, during the s, when brothers Nicolas and Andre Reyes, the sons of flamenco artist Jose Reyes, teamed up with their cousins Jacques, Maurice, and Tonino Baliardo.

It was famous singer Reyes, however, who was mostly responsible for the new surge of popular interest when he left Manitas de Plata and started a band of his own, made up of his own sons, which he called " Los Reyes " as well as being the family name , reyes means "kings" in Spanish.

Los Reyes started out as a gypsy band. They traveled around France, playing at weddings, festivals, and in the streets. Because they lived so much like gypsies, the band adopted the name Gipsy Kings. Later, they were hired to add colour to upper-class parties in such places as St. Tropez , but their first two albums attracted little notice. At this point, the Gipsies played traditional flamenco invigorated by Tonino Baliardo's guitar playing and Nicolas Reyes' voice.

The Gipsy King line-up featured a combination of left, and right-handed guitarists; three of the Reyes brothers Nicolas, Andre', and Patchai play guitar left-handed, and play left-hand and sometimes right-hand guitars that are strung for right-handers i. Together with right-handers Canut and Paul Reyes, and Paco Baliardo, these guitarists focus on delivering the strong underpinning rhythms while the more complex leads are performed by the right-handed and conventionally styled Tonino Baliardo.

Gipsy Kings was released in the United States in and spent 40 weeks on the charts, one of few Spanish language albums to do so. Their cover version of " Hotel California " was an example of fast flamenco guitar leads and rhythmic strumming: it was featured in the Coen Brothers' movie The Big Lebowski. The band have been criticised by flamenco purists, but Nicolas Reyes said in an interview that the flamenco world is not in great shape itself and that the band are proud of their success; the Compas album contains more traditional flamenco music.

Some of the individual members of the band have put out their own albums. He has since released a second solo album titled Gitano. Unlicensed copies were acquired by fans and released online. The Gipsy Kings have collaborated with many renowned artists. They also performed "Get Up! The Gipsy Kings consisted of two parent families: Reyes and Baliardo.

The Reyes brothers are nephews of Manitas de Plata. The Baliardo brothers are sons of Manitas de Plata. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the musical group.

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