Javier Ruibal

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Javier Ruibal performing in a café in Cadiz, 2003

Javier Ruibal (full name Francisco Javier Ruibal de Flores Calero) (born May 15, 1955) is a Spanish musician and songwriter.


Javier Ruibal was born in El Puerto de Santa María, province of Cadiz in southern Spain. His first album, called Duna, was released in 1983. He is highly considered for his vocal talents and for blending different music styles such as flamenco, jazz and Maghreb music and developing a personal brand.[1]

He plays the guitar and is usually accompanied by another guitar player, first Antonio Toledo and since around 2000 Tito Alcedo, and occasionally by more musicians like John Parsons, Jorge Pardo or Chano Domínguez. He has frequently played outside Spain; including Algeria, England, West Bank and New York.

Ruibal has composed music for several other Spanish artists and famous singers such as Ana Belén or David Broza have sung his compositions. He also appeared on stage together with artists as Pablo Milanés, Joaquín Sabina or Carlos Cano.[2]

In 2007, he was awarded the Medal of Andalusia by the autonomous government of Andalusia. In 2009, he was chosen to give the opening address of the Cadix Carnaval celebration.[3]



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