29 | DECEMBER | 2023

19 : 30    –     23 : 59

29 | DECEMBER | 2023
Mustafa Kemal Kültür Merkezi ISTANBUL



Live Concert
29 | DECEMBER | 2023
Mustafa Kemal Kültür Merkezi ISTANBUL


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Gipsy Kings are a band of Catalan rumbaflamencosalsa, and pop musicians, founded in 1978 in Arles and Montpellier, in southern France, who perform mostly in Catalan but also mix in Spanish with southern French dialects.[1] Although the group members were born in France, their parents were mostly gitanos (Spanish Romani), who fled Spain during the 1930s Spanish Civil War. They are known for bringing rumba flamenca, a pop-oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco and rumba genres, to a worldwide audience. They were originally known as Los Reyes.



Gipsy Kings, born in France but brought up within Spanish culture, are largely responsible for bringing the sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco music to a worldwide audience. The band started out in Arles, a town in southern France, during the 1970s, when brothers Nicolas and André Reyes, sons of flamenco artist Jose Reyes, teamed up with their cousins Jacques, Maurice, and Tonino Baliardo.[2] At the time, Jose Reyes and Manitas de Plata were a duo who triggered the wider popularity of rumba flamenca. When Reyes split from Manitas de Plata, he started a group made up of his sons, which he called Los Reyes (as well as being their family name, reyes means “kings” in Spanish).

Los Reyes started out as a gypsy band, traveling around France and 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 color to upper-class parties in such places as Saint-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.[3]


Gipsy Kings became popular with their self-titled third album, released in 1987 (1989 in the United States), which included the songs “Djobi Djoba“, “Bamboléo“, and the ballad “Un Amor“. The record spent forty weeks on the US charts, one of few Spanish-language albums to do so.[4]

The band covered “I’ve Got No Strings” for the 1991 Disney Records direct-to-video album Simply Mad About the Mouse: A Musical Celebration of Imagination. Their cover version of “Hotel California” was an example of fast flamenco guitar leads and rhythmic strumming; it was featured in the 1998 Coen Brothers‘ movie, The Big Lebowski.[5]

The 2010 film Toy Story 3 featured their rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” in a Spanish-language version, titled “Hay un Amigo en Mi”, and the group performed it in a recognizable flamenco style.[6] “Bamboleo” was featured in a grocery store scene in the 2016 film Sing.

The band have been criticised by flamenco purists, but Nicolas Reyes has said in an interview that the flamenco world is not in great shape itself and that the band are proud of their success. Their 1997 album Compas, however, contains more traditional flamenco music.[7]

Solo projects

French-born vocalist Nicolas Reyes remains the frontman of the recording act.

Individual members of the band have put out their own albums. In 1988, Canut Reyes released his solo project, titled Boléro.[8] Tonino Baliardo released his own instrumental album in 2001, titled Essences, re-issuing it in 2003.[9]

In 2022, Nicolas Reyes and Moroccan musician Saad Lamjarred collaborated to pay tribute to King Mohammed VI for the occasion of 30 July’s Throne Day, releasing a song called “Viva El Rey Habibna”.[10]

Collaborations and covers

Gipsy Kings recorded a cover of Frank Sinatra‘s “My Way“, entitled “A Mi Manera”, which was included on their 1987 self-titled album. They have also collaborated with various musical artists, including Joan Baez on “Speaking of Dreams”, performed with her in 1990. They recorded the song “Get Up!” with Captain Jack, from the Eurodance group’s 1999 album, The Captain’s Revenge. They published a cover of Bob Marley‘s “One Love” with his son Ziggy in 2001, and they recorded a cover of the Doobie Brothers‘ “Long Train Running” with Bananarama, under the pseudonym Alma de Noche, which was included on a 2013 re-issue of the girl band’s 1991 album, Pop Life.

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