Chico Bouchikhi

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Chico Bouchikhi- July 2012 Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Jalloul "Chico" Bouchikhi (born 1954 in Arles) is a musician and a co-founder of the Gipsy Kings. He later left the Gipsy Kings and founded Chico & the Gypsies.[1]

Bouchikhi was born in Arles to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother.[2] He is married to the daughter of José Reyes. His brother, Ahmed Bouchiki, was gunned down by Mossad Agents in the Norwegian town of Lillehammer in July 1973 in the so-called Lillehammer affair. Bouchikhi had been mistaken for Ali Hassan Salameh.[3]

He is also UNESCO's special envoy for peace,[4] and has held a major concert in Israel with his band. He has also played before Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat during the Oslo Accords peace negotiations.[3]


As part of the Gipsy Kings[edit]

As part of Chico & the Gypsies[edit]

Refer to discography section of Chico & the Gypsies

see also[edit]


  1. ^ "CHICO and The GYPSIES". esbb Agency. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  2. ^ Chico Bouchikhi website
  3. ^ a b "Chico Bouchikhi, le king des gypsies". Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  4. ^ "UNESCO Celebrity Advocates congratulate the Director-General on his re-election". Retrieved 2010-08-30. 

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