PICS: Gipsy Kings at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay

Bamboleo! The legendary Gipsy Kings danced their way into Humphreys Concerts By the Bay on Sunday, Aug. 27.

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The band is a favorite here in San Diego -- much like the rest of the world!
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The group originally formed in Arles, a town in the south of France, in the 1970s. Forty years later and they’re still going strong!
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While they were born and raised in France, they were brought up with Spanish culture. Group members’ parents were mostly “gitanos” -- Berber-Moroccan and Spanish gypsies who fled Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.
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The band has become known for bringing Catalan rumba, a pop-oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences.
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Many Gipsy Kings songs fit social dances -- such as salsa and rumba -- and they perform in the Spanish language with an Andalusian accent. Their sound has been described as a place where “Spanish flamenco and gypsy rhapsody meet salsa funk.”
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Fun fact: They were originally called Los Reyes, as they were helmed by famed flamenco artist Jose Reyes, and his sons, Nicolas (pictured) and Andre Reyes. They joined forces with their cousins Jacques, Maurice, and Tonino Baliardo.
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Los Reyes started out as a gypsy band, playing weddings, festivals and in the streets. Eventually, they adopted the Gipsy Kings (as “Reyes” means “kings” in Spanish). The senior Reyes passed away in 1979, and the group continued with Nicolas and Tonino as its primary vocalist and lead guitarist, respectively.
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While the group’s current lineup consists of several younger musicians, the only original founding members still performing are Nicolas and Tonino (pictured).
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Gipsy Kings have been all over popular culture: They performed a version of “Volare” on an episode of “Dancing With the Stars”; Their rendition of “Hotel California” was featured in “The Big Lebowski” film and on the HBO series “Entourage”; and “Toy Story 3” featured their version of the popular, Randy Newman-penned theme “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
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They became popular with their self-titled third album, which included the songs "Djobi Djoba", "Bamboléo", and the romantic ballad "Un Amor." The album was popular throughout Europe and in Africa, as well as in the Middle East.
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The album was released in the United States in 1989 and spent 40 weeks on the charts, one of few Spanish language albums to do so.
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Gipsy Kings have collaborated with many renowned artists, including "Speaking of Dreams" with Joan Baez in 1990; a duet of "My Way" with Francis Cabrel in 1993; a version of Bob Marley's "One Love" sung with his son Ziggy Marley; and Georges Reyes' song "Donde esta el amor" with Nicolas Reyes in 2006.
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Their latest studio album, 2013's "Savor Flamenco," won a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
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Bonus: Comedian, and San Diego native, Gabriel Iglesias opened the show!
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