Los Gipsy Kings
Over the years the Gipsy Kings - which hail from the gypsy community in Arles and Montpelier in the south of France - has 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 60's and 70's. The vigorous strumming of multiple acoustic guitars and the passionate vocals of the Gipsy Kings have best been defined by critics and fans as an exotic musical hybrid, "rumba flamenca".
There are no other examples of a non-English-speaking band (the group speaks in the Gypsy dialect of Gitane) with such a consistent winning streak in the US, where the group is the biggest-selling French act ever. Ever since the 1987 release of the blockbuster single "Bamboleo," from their platinum-plus debut album, the Gipsy Kings have dominated the World Music charts and sold more than 13 million albums worldwide - more than 3 million in the United States alone. The band captured the #1 spot on Billboard's World Music album chart with the gold certified "BEST OF GIPSY KINGS," which remained on the chart for more than a year.
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