Diego El Cigala “never stands still”…
Diego El Cigala is, quite simply, the most exciting and innovative flamenco singer in the world today. Passionate, profound, and immensely proud of his Spanish gypsy heritage, El Cigala has been called “the Sinatra of flamenco.”
Your chance to see Diego perform in Australia begins next month on 22 August. His first tour here starts in Brisbane before shows in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.
His earthy, exultant and richly emotive voice marks him as one of the great singers of the last century. He is also one of those rare crossover artists who has stayed true to his musical heritage, yet achieved name recognition with mainstream audiences around the world.
Born into a family of flamenco musicians, El Cigala began his solo career in 1997. A mere four years later he was at the Latin Grammys, his Corren Tiempos de Alegría nominated for Best Flamenco CD. That was just the beginning of much bigger things to come, as a small initial collaboration on that CD between El Cigala and legendary Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés led in 2003 to a duo CD, Lágrimas Negras (Black Tears), that became one of the most astonishing breakthroughs in the realm of world music.
His newest recording is 2013’s Romance de la luna Tucuman, which “offers a fresh take on the Argentinean tango tradition [embracing] cowboy, Hawaiian, and surf music and triumphing at the 2013 Latin Grammys.”
“He can wrench hearts like Di Stefano, light a blue flame like Holiday and, like Sinatra, make his singing a drizzle of oil across the instrumentation, while conveying emotion without becoming effete.”
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald