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Flamenco is a genuine Spanish art and to be more exact an genuine Southern Spanish art It exists in three forms Cante the song Baile the dance and Guitarra guitar playing Gypsies are very often named as its fathers and at least it can be taken for certain that they played an important part in its creation But also the popular songs and dances of Andalusia have influenced early Flamenco considerably Certainly there were other influences too as it will not surprise in a country that has been dominated by most diverse cultures and civilizations during its different historical epochs There were the legendary Tartessos and seven centuries of Muslim occupation hardly could have passed without leaving traces All that directly or indirectly influenced Flamenco 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 Jos Reyes who with Manitas de Plata sold millions of records in the 60s and 70s 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 Billboards World Music album chart with the gold certified BEST
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