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Gipsy Kings Bring World Music to The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

August 4, 2013 by  



Gipsy Kings Bring World Music to The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas
Friday night, international sensations the Gipsy Kings brought their amazing, live world music to The Pearl (Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net)

With one of the largest number of musicians on stage at once that The Pearl has ever seen, the group had the audience listening passionately to their sounds.

Gipsy Kings perform at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

Gipsy Kings perform at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net.

Over the years the Gipsy Kings—whose members hail from the gypsy settlements in Arles and Montpelier in the south of France—have included singers and guitarists from the Reyes (Canut, Nicolas, Pablo and Patchai) and Baliardo families (Diego, Paco and Tonino). Lead singer Nicolas Reyes is the son of famed Flamenco singer José Reyes, who, with Manitas de Plata, sold millions of records in the 1960s and ’70s. The band’s vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals are the trademarks of an indigenous musical tradition known as “rumba flamenca.”

Gipsy Kings perform at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

Gipsy Kings perform at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net.

There are no other examples of a non-English speaking band (the group’s language is the Gypsy dialect of gitane) 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 14 million albums worldwide—more than 4 million in the United States alone. Their platinum compilation, The Best of the Gipsy Kings, was on the charts for more than a year.

Gipsy Kings perform at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

Gipsy Kings perform at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net.

Albums such as the gold-certified Mosaique, Allegria, Este Mundo, Gipsy Kings Live, Love & Liberté, Tierra Gitana, Cantos de Amor, and Volare! The Very Best of the Gipsy Kings have provided a steady stream of hits to Billboard’s world music, Latin, and pop charts. The ensemble’s music has been used in numerous motion pictures, including Peter Weir’s “Fearless” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Big Lebowski.”

Two PBS-TV specials have contributed to the Gipsy Kings’ ongoing success story. A documentary, “Tierra Gitana,” which aired on hundreds of public television stations in 1996, explores the band’s roots in gypsy culture and the members’ rich family heritage in flamenco music. A second program, filmed in performance at Washington, DC’s Wolf Trap, captures the excitement of the band’s live show in a 60-minute special; it was broadcast on many PBS stations.

For the group’s 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 on the Grammy-nominated acoustic release, Roots. For the first time in years, the band recorded without a drum kit, synthesizer, or electric bass, bringing the music closer to its Flamenco origins. Additional albums followed and the band continues to tour worldwide.

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