CERRITOS, CA – Composed of gypsies from the south of France, Gipsy Kings has enthralled global audiences for decades by boldly marrying South American Rumba rhythms with fiery flashes of Flamenco. The group casts its spell in a dazzling and hypnotic performance at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, 8:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at
. Ticket prices range from $100-$45.
The GIPSY KINGS’ spell is undeniable; its mystique, indisputable. What began as a band of two brothers who performed on the streets of Cannes, France, has evolved into a first-rate group that flavors Flamenco with Western Pop and Latin tempos. Rolling Stone magazine described the seven-member troupe’s intoxicating sound as “a boundless realm where Spanish Flamenco and Romany rhapsody meet Salsa Funk, by way of Morocco and the Middle East, and where hot-blooded passion reigns supreme.”
In 1987, Gipsy Kings released the blockbuster Bamboleo, from its self-titled debut album, and gripped the United States. The troupe has held a consistent winning streak on Billboard’s World Music and Latin charts with sizzling hits such as Volare, Djobi Djoba, and the romantic ballad Un Amor. To date, the group has sold more than 13 million albums worldwide, and its fervent guitar-playing and impassioned vocals have become the trademarks of the Rumba Flamenca tradition.
Gipsy Kings has also seduced Hollywood with its magic and mystery. Director Peter Weir chose the band’s Sin Ella for the soundtrack to his 1993 drama Fearless. Oscar winners Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (also known as The Coen Brothers) used the group’s blazing version of Hotel California in their 1998 crime comedy The Big Lebowski. Pierce Brosnan’s 1989 romance thriller The Heist and Vanessa Williams’ 1998 musical romance Dance With Me also featured Gipsy Kings’ music. The 1996 PBS documentary Tierra Gitana, which explored the band’s rich roots and colorful heritage in Flamenco music, provided an evocative glimpse into the vanishing lifestyle and vibrant traditions of the gypsy culture, further adding to Gipsy Kings’ mystique and allure.
With its propulsive beats, the ensemble has continued to dominate the charts with instrumentals, dance gems, and moving ballads from its string of Gold albums, including Mosaïque, Allegria, Este Mundo, Gipsy Kings Live, Tierra Gitana, and Cantos de Amor. Its infectious Love & Liberté was nominated for a 1995 Grammy for “Best World Music Album,” and the 1995 Platinum compilation The Best of the Gipsy Kings dominated the music charts for more than a year, a feat almost unheard of for a group that does not record in English.
In an effort to bring its music closer to Flamenco’s origins, Gipsy Kings recorded its 2004 Grammy-nominated acoustics Roots album without electric instruments or a drum set. What resulted was an enchanting and bittersweet album deemed a “treasure” by Billboard, prompting People magazine to proclaim: “Way beyond the strictures of language, these 16 songs will resonate with anyone who loves heartfelt, meticulously performed music.”
In 2006 the group continued its epic musical journey with the release of Pasajero. The 14-track album, produced by Phillipe Eidel, built on the musical style established on Roots and added the fiery Latin American flavors long a part of the Gipsy Kings sound.
Tickets are now on sale for Gipsy Kings’ hypnotic concert at the CCPA. For tickets or more information, call (562) 467-8818 or go to
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