3. Conversación en tiempo de bolero (con Gonzalo Rubalcaba)
4. El paso de Encarnación (con Óscar D'León)
5. Periódico de ayer
6. Fiesta para Bebo (con los Muñequitos de Matanza)
7. Se nos rompió el amor
9. El ratón
10. Hacha y machete
11. Cómo fue (con Gonzalo Rubalcaba)
The Flamenco Returns (2014)
1. Mujer del mundo
3. El jardín de Venus
4. Sevillana de Juan Antonio
5. Bule del Morao
6. La fuente del querer
7. El reloj de mi existencia
8. Tangos del Cigala
9. Que quieres de mi
10. Los besos de verdad
“The Flamenco Returns” is the latest work of Diego “El Cigala”, our international singer, who transcended the borders of gender with the launch of music from the other side of the Atlantic with traces of Flamenco and Andaluz, making several trips between shores over the years.
On these shores, he has felt at home and has reinvented genres such as the Tango and the Bolero, achieving wild success, tours, and numerous prizes, including six Latin Grammys, four of which were for “Best Album”.
But this time, the Flamenco Returns.
El Cigala is returning home, rekindling his origins and Flamenco banner to offer us, as always, a gutsy musical venture: a live video, with his friend, colleague, and masterful guitarist, Diego del Morao, the son of the legendary Moraito Chico, the young favorite of the superstar Paco de Lucía.
Helping the Diegos in the subtle and not-often appreciated art of “Las Palmas” are flamenco artists Juan Grande, Ane Carrasco and Tarotito. All three artists come from Jerez, as does the drum used by Sabú Porrina, the youngest member of the Porrina family.
Singing, guitar, “Palmas” and the drums
A tour through traditional Flamenco sticks, like the hammer, ballads with “seguiriyas”, “verdiales of Málaga”, “soleá”, “Taranto”, “sevillanas”, tangos, Huelva fandangos, “bulerías”, and natural fandangos, which show us the personal vision of Diego El Cigala of the profound songs of these times, and of his desire to pay homage to the master of them all, Paco de Lucía.
Romance De La Luna Tucumana (2013)
1. Canción de las simples cosas
2. Naranjo en flor
3. Los mareados
4. Milonga de Martín Fierro
5. Déjame que me vaya
6. Romance de la luna Tucumana
7. Siempre París
8. Por una cabeza
10. Nieblas del riachuelo
11. Canción para un niño en la calle
When I finished Cigala&Tango, it saddened me to have not included songs like Naranjo en flor, Los Mareados, etc. Some essential tango. I wanted more.
At the same time, during my travels to Argentina, I delved into the repertoire of Mercedes Sosa, and I became a big fan of her work. Through her, I encountered Balderrama and I discovered “la chacarera: Déjame que me vaya, Canción de las simples cosas, and Romance de la luna Tucumana, by Atahualpa Yupanqui and Pedro Aznar. Andrés Calamaro introduced me to Martín Fierro and “la milonga”.
With this repertoire in mind, a meeting put together by my friend Andres took place, and he invited me to his concert in Mexico City in 2010. There, I met Diego Garcia, El Twanguero, one of his guitarists. We spent a short time together, but I let him know my intentions of recording Naranjo en flor. A year later, he sent me the song arrangement that you can hear in this album. He had previously recorded it and invited me to sing in his album El Twanguero.
His repertoire fascinated me, but I didn’t want to record another Cigala&Tango, and in Diego Garcia and his electric, twangy guitar, I found exactly what I was looking for—a different sound to pursue an Argentine style for a different record. The idea had all the season I was looking for—adventure and the musical challenge were satisfied. And adding an electric guitar wasn’t easy to do!
Fortunately, Diego Garcia, who during this time was living in Buenos Aires studying tango, happened to be traveling through Madrid (Summer of 2012), so I invited him to my house and with an open mind and little direction, we began improvising. Everything flowed and the new pieces materialized quickly.
Believing that the new material was worthy of being listened to outside of the studio, the universe conspired in our favor and brought us Changuito, the live legend of percussion. I had previously recorded Dos lagrimas as well as tour with him, and although he lives in Havana, destiny brought him to Madrid right when we needed him.
We called in Yelsy Heredia, my bassist of many years, and Isidro Suarez, who, together with Changuito, formed the rhythmic heart of the album. It was a complete fusion: my soft spot for Cuban and Argentine music, transforming itself into something new, with the addition of the southern twang brought to us by Diego Garcia’s Gibson 295.
The whole summer, we enjoyed what destiny brought us in Madrid. Having no expectations, the music came to us as we were placed in the same place to collaborate.
When autumn came, we began an American tour through Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, and the United States, the last concerts in the continent of Cigala&Tango.
I always like to test out my musical experiments in new places, exactly where I could receive the harshest criticism, because I didn’t want to release material that was unworthy of being listened to by people who invented the music. With this in mind, I invited El Twanguero Diego Garcia to the twelve concerts we had in Argentina. That way, we could perform five of the new styles and see what happened…
We really loved the feeling of exceeding expectations, and this is what the press had to say:
La Nacion, September 25th, 2012
“And from the first sample for the people of Buenos Aires, another recent discovery when Diego Garcia is invited to play Milonga verses by Martin Fierro. Garcia’s slide guitar and the thick milonga groove form a perfect partnership with El Cigala’s voice. You can discern it. The tandem of Cigala and Garcia, flamenco and milonga, could be a new resounding chapter, like what was begun with Bebo Valdes in Lagrimas negras.”
La Capital, September 24th, 2012
“The packed theatre created an excellent atmosphere and the concert began with “Garganta con arena” in a version that spotlighted guitarist Diego Garcia, heavy with vibrato, full of new details ushered in by the singer.”
“With a crowd won over by his charm, the Madrilenian delivered verses from Martin Fierro with milonga surera, raising the stakes in his experimentation with flamenco, tango rhythms, el bolero, and, in this case, combined with a typical Argentine poem.”
Dia a Dia, October 3rd, 2012
“In El Malecon in Havana, in Caminito in La Boca, in a humid sunset in New Orleans, and in the multiethnic Madrid neighborhood of Lavapies: Diego “El Cigala”’s musical quality can be felt in all these venues, erasing borders with elegance and charm.”
“This genius of Flamenco masters the sound and, even more, turns it into gold.”
“But it gets even more intense with the addition of Spanish violist Diego Garcia, with his 1950s Blues and rock sounds.”
“Here he gave us some insight of what is to come with a riveting performance of a passage from Martin Fierro.”
Los Andes, October 5th, 2012
“He was certainly the lead role. Despite this, more than once, he joined the audience in cheering for guitarist Diego Garcia Gallardo, a guest with superhuman abilities at guitar. Every musician was well-received, but this one never ceased to amaze each time he took over the stage.”
Andino, October 6th, 2012
“The concert hit another high point when guitarist Diego Garcia (playing with Calamaro) delivered a jaw-dropping performance, playing a distinct sound between Hawaiian and North American folk on his guitar. Among other themes of the night performed alongside El Cigala, the milonga verses by Martin Fierro were the gem of the entire evening.”
I held two concerts in the Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, also where I recorded Cigala&Tango; the first night, my guest was Adriana Varela, and Diego Torres was my guest the second. Diego Torres and I sang Esa maldita luna. He is a musical great, and I appreciated his company and the chanc for us to share a stage.
Gata Varela, Adriana, exudes tango, she is pure fire, a force of nature!
The spiritual ancestor of Polaco Goyeneche is a jack of all trades: a master of tango, life, and work if I’ve ever seen one. I admitted to her that I was a big fan of the tango piece Por una cabeza by Gardel and Lepera, but that I untimately decided not to record it because parts didn’t seem to fit right, and she told me she had never sang it for exactly opposite reasons.”
It was obvious we needed to record it together. We did just that, and here you have our version of Por una cabeza, track number 8. It was a huge honor for me to rely on Adriana’s voice, master of her art, and all I can say is that if you’ve never heard it, look for the tango La gata Varela, written in her honor by Cacho Castaña, to learn more about her.
I finished Romance de la luna Tucumana in 2012, after mixing and tying up loose ends. In the beginning of 2013, I was able to reunite with Diego Garcia, who was still living in Buenos Aires but happened to be in Madrid for a few days, and we went over the mix of the guitarists and organized employment with the band. Those days, the only sounds in my house were not any of my music, but instead my son Rafael singing or putting on Cancion para un niño en la calle, that Mercedes Sosa and Rene Perez of Calle 13 recorded for their album Cantora.
Armando Tejada’s verses had us mesmerized, and we added them at the last minute. After that came the idea: the song was recorded in the same harmony as the version in Cantora, would it be possible to get permission to use Mercedes’s voice in the recordings?
So, we contacted Fabian, Elmatus, Mercedes’s son, who was nothing but helpful. We sent him my version of the song, he facilitated all the necessary steps, and by March we had the final version of the track, Mercedes’s voice included. Our final gift was hearing her voice on the track, which was beyond amazing!
Thank you, Mercedes, gran madre de América!
CIGALA & TANGO (2010)
1. Garganta con Arena 4:33
2. Las Cuarenta 2:45
3. El Día Que Me Quieras 4:11
4. Soledad 4:11
5. Los Hermanos 4:32
6. Nostalgias 3:50
7. Tomo y obligo 3:33
8. Sus Ojos Se Cerraron 3:08
9. Youkali 5:18
10. En Esta Tarde Gris 5:11
11. Alfonsina y El Mar 4:32
Cigala&Tango is the musical offering Diego “El Cigala” gave last April in the iconic Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires. There, musicians from both sides of the pond joined together for a special night that the Argentine press is hailing as “flamenco and tango shaking hands”, “Tango and palmas with gypsy blood and unique singing”, and “an Andalusian musical invasion.”
Cigala&Tango is composed of 11 tracks in which Diego offers both classic and contemporary tango on stage. Accompanied by high-profile Argentine artists like Andres Calamaro, Nestor Marconi, and Juanjo Dominguez, as well as his group from Spain (guitarist Diego El Morao, Cuban bassist Yelsy Heredia, pianist Jaime Calbuig “Jumitus”, and percussionist Sabu Porrina), the Madrilenian singer performs flamenco music by Gardel, Astor Piazzolla and Athualp Yupanqui. Classic pieces such as Tus ojos se cerraron and El dia que me quieras and modern hits like Garganta con arena.
DOS LAGRIMAS (2008)
1. Si te contara (3:17)
2. Dos cruces (2:49)
3. Bravo (3:12)
4. Dos gardenias (3:30)
5. Compromiso (3:10)
6. El día que nací yo (4:11)
7. Historia de un amor (3:16)
8. Caruso (3:25)
9. Compasión (3:38)
10. María de la O (3:54)
11. Te extraño (4:03)
“Dos Lagrimas” follows the same thread of the fusion of flamenco, the traditional music of Latin America, and the celebrated folk of its predecessors. Boleros, chachacha, folk music, and tango. Versions of 11 classic hits in the voice of one of the most famous singers of our time.
PICASSO EN MIS OJOS (2005)
1. Chanelando - Pintor (Tangos) 4:11
2. Por Los Rios - Guitarra (Bulerias) 3:43
3. Malagueño - Azul (De Malaga Malagueñito) 3:22
4. Luna De Plata - Gitana (Buleria) 5:09
5. La Paloma - Olivo (Fandangos) 3:36
6. Guernika - Dolor (Tangos - Tientos) 3:40
7. Amparo - Epoca Rosa (Buleria) 2:51
8. Apenao - Toro (Rumba) 4:09
9. Romance - Mar (Sobresaltos De Plata) 3:42
10. Acuarela - Mujer (Solea) 3:24
Paco de Lucia, Tomatito, Raimundo Amador, Josemi Carmona, Diego Morao, Manuel Parrilla, and Paquete. Trumpet: Jerry Gonzalez
Featuring: Ramon El Portugues, Yumitus, Porrina, Bandolero, Juanares, and Pirana…
LAGRIMAS NEGRAS (2003)
1. Inolvidable 03:20
2. Veinte años 04:03
3. Lágrimas Negras 05:31
4. Nieblas Del Riachuelo 3:07
5. Corazón Loco 3:16
6. Se Me Olvidó Que Te Olvidé 3:55
7. Vete de Mí 2:56
8. Eu sei que vou te amar
9. Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar 4:18
In “Lagrimas negras” (2003), Diego El Cigala’s raspy voice and the piano sounds of Bebo Valdes unite in a unique performance of their rhythms.” Cigala sings bolero, tango, and folk music, while Valdes accompanies his voice with piano in the flamenco version in the acclaimed classics: La bien pagá, Lagrimas negras, and Nieblas del riachuelo.
DIRECTO EN EL TEATRO REAL (2002)
1. Fuente del conocimiento
2. Más oscura que la noche
3. No me dejaron ni verla
4. Tientos del Limón
5. Abriendo la mañana
6. El día que yo me muera (dedicado a Curro Romero)
The voice of this gypsy from the Rastro in Madrid, with the one-and-only guitar of Nino Josele, live from El Teatro Real on June 25th, 2002. The performance of this great event is this CD. Diego and Josele went all out in this magnificent performance: soleá songs from Eastern Spain, fandangos from Huelva, tientos/tangos, bulerias, and natural fandangos. A great performance from a singer who gives us a raw, unadorned performance, and one which was privileged by the presence of the two flamenco artists.
CORREN TIEMPOS DE ALEGRIA (2001)
1. La esperanza de volar 3:56
2. Carmen La Canastera (Buleria) 4:22
3. Monarcos y Republicanos (Alegría) 4:28
4. Ana, Dolores Y Aurora (Tangos). 3:16
5. Gitanos De La Cava (Buleria) 4:25
6. Hay Azules Que Se Caen De Moraos (Tanguillos) 3:07
7. Señor Del Aire (Guajira) Dedicado a Juan Valderrama 3:56
8. La Loba (Seguiriya) 3:23
9. Corren Tiempos De Alegria (Buleria)
10. Amar Y Vivir (Bolero) 4:05
11. La Fuente De Bebo (Buleria) 2:46
12. Cadencia Inesperada (Nana) 2:15
“El Cigala” brings us twelve new songs. At the peak of his talents, Diego has found a one-of-a-kind metal sound. He performs the both the rhythmic styles and the most solemn songs on the same whim. There is nothing better to listen to than his seguiriya La loba, breaking all the rules, or the labyrinth lullaby titled “Cadencia alterada”, an unusual irony appears in “Monarcos y republicanos”, burning happiness by way of the trumpet in “neorricana” by Jerry Gonzalez, an outsider of Latin Jazz. Jerry discovered flamenco a few months ago, but his musical charm is so in sync with this genre, and specifically with “El Cigala”’s musical form, who doesn’t miss the chance to contribute his sorrowful trumpet sounds to the mix. Equally surprising was veteran pianist Bebo Valdes’s personal accents with the Cuban folksong flamenco.
Committed to understanding each other, this salacious species of “guajira montuna” which was sent from above, was created. The collaboration with Bebo, always springing up colorfully and spontaneously, was brought into the song “La fuente del Bebo” and the celebrated Bolero “Amar y Vivir”. The true beauty is discovering the fraternal harmony that manifested itself between the Cuban musical great and the Jondo folk music, between the enchanted throat of Diego and Bebo’s delightful piano. “Corren tiempos de alegria” allows us to discover a Flamenco singer of his time, open and awake. Nothing is forced.
This magnificent work sends a message in the charismatic adventures of “El Cigala”.
ENTRE VARETA Y CANASTA (2000)
1. Entre vareta y canasta 03:39
2. Sin prisa 03:23
3. Ya no hay olas en la arena 04:12
4. Lirios y rosas 02:57
5. A mi Manuela 2:15
6. Sabú 02:57
7. Brota de mi corazón 02:37
8. Te la regalo 2:39
9. Palabras que escribe el aire 04:41
10. No tiene dueño 04:28
11. Vidalita 04:13
Accompanied by the guitar of Nino Josele and a well-stocked group of percussionists, this second album allowed Diego El Cigala to become known to those outside the traditional inner circle of flamenco for its simplicity, purity, and mastery. This artist’s unique voice moves naturally and with feeling in palos that are so distinct like martinete, buleria, and fandangos. The launch of this album was accompanied by a video created by Oscar-winning film producer Fernando Trueba.
1. Undebel (3:38)
2. Seremos los mismos (4:41)
3. Soy canastero (4:36)
4. Rondeña (3:54)
5. Puro como el viento (4:43)
6. Palestina (4:39)
7. Fandangos de la corrala (2:53)
8. Cigala del puerto (5:21)
9. La trenza de tu pelo (4:15)
10. Esquina de Andalucía (3:08)
Dieguito El Cigala burst into the recording scene with this intelligent album, as well as captivated Flamenco fans, especially the youngest, and earned prestigious status among flamenco singers in Madrid. In this album he is accompanied by: David Amaya, Paquete, Tomatito, J.M. Cortina, Candolero, Chaboli, and El Pirana.