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The sons of Spanish gypsy families, the Gipsy Kings consist of two bands of brothers, the Reyes and the Baliardos. They grew up working harvests and making music in southern France, where their families had fled to escape Spain’s Civil War. Their 1987 debut album introduced the world to “rumba Gitano,” the rhythm of South America married to flamenco guitars, and with “Bamboleo,” they scored a huge international hit. Since then, the Kings have never stopped singing to the world. Much has changed since the early days, but they remain Gypsies, the proud descendants of an ancient people who seduced the world with music and dance.