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The 5th of April 2008. Finally real Gipsy Kings in Samara!

5.04.2008 | Samara

On the 5th of April 2008 the biggest basket hall in Samara – MTL-Arena couldn’t be recognized as it usually appears and was turned into one of the most fascinating show venues.

Three different stages, production meeting the latest world standards, the best Russian and western Artistes – all contributed for the night to remember!

The host of the night – Ivan Urgant represents new generation of show men.

Russian chanson singers – Lubov Uspenskaya and Michael Shufutinsky and terrific Georgian stars – Nani Bregvadze and Vahtang Kikabidze took part in the first part of the night.

Beatlez tribute band have become the favorites long ago and that was their third performance in Samara over the year. As always the band was brilliant on stage and got the audience dancing for all the best Beatles hits.

The headliners of the night were The Gipsy Kings. This was the first time when original line up visited our city!

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.”

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 fourteen million albums worldwide—more than four million in the United States alone. Their platinum compilation, The Best of the Gipsy Kings, was on the charts for more than a year.

For the group’s most recent 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.

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