Javier Ruibal

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Javier Ruibal
Ruibal at a café in Cadiz, 2003
Background information
Birth name Francisco Javier Ruibal de Flores Calero
Born (1955-05-15)May 15, 1955
El Puerto de Santa María, Spain
Genres Flamenco
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Website www.javierruibal.com

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 regarded for his vocal talent and for blending the musical traditions of flamenco, jazz and the Maghreb to develop his own personal style.[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 such as John Parsons, Jorge Pardo and Chano Domínguez. He has ventured beyond Spain to appear at venues in Algeria, England, the West Bank and New York City.

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]


  • Duna (1983, Hispavox)
  • Cuerpo Celeste (1986, Ariola)
  • La Piel De Sara (1989, Ariola)
  • Pensión Triana (1994, Lollipop)
  • Contrabando (1997, PDI)
  • Las Damas Primero (2001, 18 Chulos)
  • Sáhara (2003, World Music Network)
  • Lo Que Me Dice Tu Boca (2005, 18 Chulos)
  • Pensión Triana - Special Edition (2010, 18 Chulos)
  • Sueno (2011, 18 Chulos)
  • Quedate Conmigo (2013, Lo Suyo)


External links[edit]

Official website