Gipsyolé - Los Ninos De Sara
The flameco quartet, Los Nino de Sara (The Children of Sara) offer radio-friendly flamenco-rhumba, salsa and duendes (laments) heavy on guitar and spiced with Afro-Cuban rhythms and horns. This Spanish group recalls the infamous Gipsy Kings and the lesser known Barrio Chino from Southern France, groups that also mix rhumba and flamenco with a bit of North African influences tossed in for good measure. It's a genre of music that has grown in popularity over the years thanks to the Gipsy Kings. Los Ninos de Sara in its own right has also attracted a US following with its comparison to the Gipsy Kings meets Buena Vista Social Club. It's time to drop that comparisons and sail on their own merits.
Gipsyole opens with El Nino Viento with it's bull fighting horns and heavily syncopated rhythms. A hot salsa number, La Cubanito follows and similar to the salsa Vagabundo, features Afro-Cuban rhythms and a Caribbean horn section. Santa Maria blends rhumba beats with flamenco rhythms, heavy on hand clapping, guitars, and embellished by piano. Mizai Mizai falls somewhere between a duende and a traditional ballad and features Arabic violin recalling Moorish roots found in contemporary Spanish music. Mi Angel, the only instrumental, ends the CD rounding out this crossover Latin folk-roots album.Gipsyole acts as a musical marriage between the old and new worlds. Similar to music that has traveled back and forth to Africa (rock and blues being an example), flamenco-rhumba fusion also reminds us of Spain's past dominance in the Americas. The music on the CD creates tension between it's upbeat rhythms and sad melodies. As you might expect this is music for crying, dancing , celebrating and romancing. And for those who can't get enough of groups like the Gipsy Kings, add this one to your list of Latin favorites.
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