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 Jahloul Chico Bouchikhi, who was one of the founders of the Gipsy Kings. After he left the Gipsy Kings due to differences with the band, Bouchikhi formed Chico and the Gypsies in 1992.

Members[edit]

Chico & the Gypsies is made up of:

  • Jahloul (Chico Gypsies) Bouchikhi - frontman, guitar
  • Joseph (Jose Gypsies) Gautier - guitar, lead vocalist 2009 to 2020. Joseph Gautier aka Zuzep went solo in mid 2020.
  • Christophe (Kema) Baliardo - solo guitar
  • Jean (Tané) Farre - guitar
  • Jean-Claude (Mounin) Vila - guitar, vocals
  • Alain (Babato) Bourguet: guitar, vocals. Babato was suspended from the group around 2017 following accusations by a woman of sexual assault. He never returned to the group.
  • Jean-Pierre (Rey) Cargol Baliardo (son of Hippolyte Baliardo and nephew of Manitas de Plata) - guitar, vocals. Performer (Jean-Pierre Cargol, main role : Victor) in 1969 of the film The Wild Child (L'enfant sauvage)[1]
  • 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 Album 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
2016 Color 80's 9 54
Color 80's Vol. 2 47
[4]
33
2018 Mi corazón 4 26
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.
Live albums
Year Album 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L’Enfant sauvage" a grandi parmi les rois de la guitare gitane, Midi Libre, 07/01/2012.
  2. ^ a b c LesCharts.com: Chico & the Gypsies discography page
  3. ^ Ultratop.be/fr/ Chico & the Gypsies discography page
  4. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 36, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 13 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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