Chico & the Gypsies

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Chico & the Gypsies is a French musical formation of rumba catalana, flamenco and Latin pop and rock tunes led by Chico Bouchikhi, who was one of the founders of the Gipsy Kings. After he left the Gypsy Kings for differences with the band, he formed Chico and the Gypsies in 1992. In September 2012 Chico & the Gypsies celebrated twenty years' success. France 2 channel TV show Vivement Dimanche which airs on Sundays, celebrated with them by airing a special show on Sunday 15 September 2012. The Vivement Dimanche show was a double celebration because host Michel Drucker also celebrated his seventieth birthday on 12 September 2012. [1]

Members[edit]

Chico of the Gypsies is made up of:

  • Jahloul (Chico Gypsies) Bouchikhi - frontman, guitar
  • Joseph (Jose Gypsies) Gautier - guitar, lead vocalist since 2009
  • Christophe (Kema) Baliardo - solo guitar
  • Jean (Tané) Farre - guitar
  • Jean-Claude (Mounin) Vila - guitar, vocals
  • Alain (Babato) Bourguet: guitar, vocals
  • Jean-Pierre (Rey) Cargobaliardo (son of Hippolyte Baliardo and nephew of Manitas de Plata)
  • New band member Kassaka joined the group around May - June 2013

Extras on stage:

  • Tony Ballester: bass
  • Benchaa Abbas: percussion
  • Eric Lafont: drums
  • Julio Font Pavon: keyboards
  • Manolo Gimenez - earlier (ex) lead vocalist

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Single Charts Certification
FR
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

[3]
1992 Tengo Tengo
1996 Vagabundo 39
1998 Nomade
2003 Bamboleo
2004 Disque d'or
2005 Freedom 12
2008 Suerte 43
2011 Chantent Charles Aznavour 78
2012 Chico & The Gypsies... & Friends 8 20
2013 Fiesta 11 34
2014 Chico & The Gypsies & International Friends 60 103
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.
Live albums
Year Single Charts Certification
FR
[2]
1992 Live - Olympia Bruno Coquatrix 96
2012 Live from Olympia Theater Paris

Singles[edit]

Year Single Charts Certification Album
FR
[2]
1996 "Marina" 30
1998 "Nomade 'Ya Rayah' " 65
Nomade

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