18.09.2019

GISELA JOÃO

The young fado star who in Portugal is considered “the 21st century response to Amália Rodrigues”. Her debut solo album “Gisela João” was released in 2013 and quickly went platinum. She combines the style of the greatest fado stars with contemporary themes and directions. One of her artistic goals is to show the beauty of fado to a wider and diverse audience, but also to those people who would not check it out on their own.

Gisela is not shy of trying other genres. She has made guest appearances with Joss Stone, Nicolas Jaar and Snarky Puppy, among others.

DIEGO EL CIGALA

A famous flamenco singer and two time Grammy award winner who went from flamenco clubs in Madrid to the biggest venues in the world.

He was born in an artistic Roma family as Ramón Jiménez Salazar. His passion for flamenco was developed by his parents, who themselves were passionate about music. At the age of 12, Diego achieved his first musical successes – he won a competition for young singers in Madrid and the talent show “Gente Joven”. Just like many other singers, he sang in the streets and clubs, the so-called peñas and tablaos. He had a great sense of rhythm, which initially led him to choruses of such dance stars as Mario Maya, Farruco, El Güito, Manuela Carrasco, Cristóbal Reyes, Carmen Cortés. Moreover, he accompanied the best guitarists, having performed and recorded with such personalities as Paco de Lucia, Tomatito and Vicente Amigo.

In 1994, Diego began his solo career supported by the guitarist Antón Jiménez. Three years later, his first album – “Undebel” – was released. It featured guest appearances from David Amaya, Paquete and Tomatito. One of El Cigali’s subsequent albums, “Corren tiempos de alegria”, was recorded with several jazz musicians who starred in Fernando Trueba’s famous film “Calle 54”. One of them was the famous Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, who was 85 years old at the time. In 2003, the artists joined forces to create the album “Lágrimas Negras”, which was a great breakthrough in El Cigala’s career and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Grammys and the Latin Grammys. After such a huge success, the artist wanted to return to flamenco and decided to cooperate with numerous stars to make another record – “Picasso en mis ojos” (2005). The album was dedicated to Picasso and won the Latin Grammy award. In the next few years, he decided to try other musical traditions of the Latino world, having experimented with bolero, copla, tango and salsa. They served as inspiration for his latest album – “Indestructible” (2016).

Nowadays, Diego El Cigala is not limited only to flamenco puro and cante jondo – musical versatility has become a trademark of his and allowed him to gain fans all around the world.