Diego el Cigala is a Spanish flamenco singer that transcends musical genres, languages and generations. Each live performance with Diego el Cigala plays like a passionate yet laid back romance. He is backed by a variety of instruments, including muted percussion, piano and trumpets.
On stage, multiple Grammy Award-winning el Cigala seamlessly blends traditional Spanish styles like Bolero and Tango with modern jazz, classic flamenco and Cuban melodies and panaches. Each performance features his honest and earthy vocals juxtaposed with worldly melodies and tempos. With his impressive resume of awards and nominations, it’s no wonder concerts for Diego el Cigala sell out across the globe.
Diego el Cigala was born Diego Ramon Jimenez Salazar in Madrid, Spain in 1968. He grew up performing in the El Rastro district of Madrid and performed in the local markets. Madrid, the flamenco capital of Spain in the 1970s fueled his love for the musical style.
He goes by El Cigala, which is Spanish for Norway Lobster and claims he received the nickname from some of his guitar players for being very thin in his younger days. Growing up, he was very popular with the flamenco dancers, and his voice was used in the studio recordings of some of flamenco’s greatest guitarists including Tomatito and Vicente Amigo.
Diego el Cigala has put out eight full-length albums. In 1998, he debuted his first solo album, Undebel and manages to put out a new album every few years. One of his most critically acclaimed albums is Lagrimas Negras, released in 2003. This album was a collaboration with then 85-year old Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes, and fused Cuban rhythms and flamenco vocals. Bebo passed away in 2013.
Diego el Cigala is a nephew of legend Spanish music and film star, Rafael Farina.
At age 12, el Cigala won a local flamenco competition and the Gente Joven prize in a television contest.
His 2003 album Lagrimas Negras (recorded with Bebo Caldes) put Diego el Cigala first in a New York Times listing of the best albums of the year.
Fans who have bought Diego el Cigala tickets may also enjoy Andres Calamaro in concert. His concert tickets are among the most popular in the entire Latin music scene.
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