The notes of ‘Bamboléo’, one of the iconic songs of the Gitano-French band Gipsy Kings have barely pale. However the viewers gathered at ZLB 23, the Leela Palace’s recently-opened speakeasy, appears to need extra. “Again. Play it again,” they name, over the applause.
It has been precisely 35 years since The Gipsy Kings got here out with ‘Bamboléo’, however the attract of the tune doesn’t die, regardless of the passing years. “The music industry has changed over 35 years, but one thing does not change for us; we sing with our hearts, our passion,” believes band member Juanito Motos, including that he firmly believes that that is the key of the band’s longevity.
“The audience and public know this,” he says, once we meet in Bengaluru, the final metropolis of their week-long India tour. The Gipsy Kings by Diego Baliardo India Tour kicked off on Could 31 in Pune and ended with a live performance in Bengaluru on June 4, with a pit-stop in Kurla, Mumbai on June 2.
As a part of this tour, in addition they made a shock cease on the ZLB 23, including a particular twist to its hushed Gatsby-esque environment crammed with individuals in smoking jackets, tuxedos and cocktail attire, who appeared thrilled to hum alongside to ‘Baila Me’ and ‘Hotel California’.
“We are really happy to be here in India,” says Motos on the meet-and-greet occasion at ZLB 23, including that India is the Gitano individuals’s ancestral residence. “We are very proud to be singing in India because we cannot forget that the first gipsy came from India,” he says. “It is fantastic how so many Indian people know our songs, despite us singing in Spanish. Even those who weren’t born in the 1980s know our songs here.”
In line with The Gipsy Kings by Diego Baliardo web site, the band started their journey again in 1978 in Southern France, when members of two associated households, Baliardo and Reyes, determined to come back collectively to create music. The unique band, again then was made up of Nicolas Reyes, Canut Reyes, Patchai Reyes, Andre Reyes, Diego Baliardo, Tonino Baliardo and Paco Baliardo, who sought to protect their gipsy tradition and language, by means of music. Over the subsequent 40-odd years, the band turned intensely common for the pop-derived rumba flamenco they provided, collaborating with quite a lot of different common artistes, together with Joan Baez, Ruben Blades, Olivia Newton-John and Francis Cabrel.
At this time, most of the authentic members have moved on and began their very own Gipsy King bands, incorporating second and third-generation family members into these new bands. The supply of their wealthy musical custom, nevertheless, stays the identical: household, which is what gipsy music has at all times been about, as Motos factors out. “Our main source of inspiration is our family,” he says. “When we go on stage before a concert, even if they are far away, we always think of them. That is our motivation.”