FRIDAY CANCIÓN: Bamboléo by The Gipsy Kings

Welcome back to Friday Canción!  Today’s weekend starting, foot tapping tune is one most should easily recognise…

La canción de viernes: Bamboléo by The Gipsy Kings.

Every time I hear this song it makes me happy and makes me want to dance.  I so wish I had better coordination! The song has both Samba and Flamenco elements and is used by dancers of both.  The Gipsy Kings’ members are from Southern France but they trace their family roots to gypsies from Spanish Catalonia who fled to France during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.  Their music is known for its Catalan rumba and rumba flamenca styles infused with pop-rock influences.


Bamboléo by The Gipsy Kings


Lyrics/ Letras

bamboleo lyrics

This widely recognised and acclaimed song was released in the US in July of 1987.   Bamboléo was written by Gipsy King members Tonino Baliardo, Chico Bouchikhi and Nicolas Reyes but part of the song is an adaptation of a 1980 Venezuelan folk song Caballo Viejo by Simón Díaz.



I like both songs but the one that gets me up and on my feet is the Gipsy Kings song!

Have a lovely weekend!  What are you listening to?



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