Soul Jazz Records’ new release is the first album ever outside of Spain to seriously focus on the history of Gipsy Rhumba, one of the most interesting musical culture clashes ever that first took place in the early 1960s.
Here in the Catalan region of Spain, Gypsies primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, came up with a fascinating hybrid style – Gipsy Rhumba – which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own Flamenco as well as the emerging Rock and Roll from America.
This album is a lovingly compiled epic that has taken nearly five years to make! The album comes with a stunning 60 page booklet that tells this unique story of how this latin-tinged music came about in the heart of Spain's gypsy community.
As well as a musical overview of this unique art form (in English and Spanish) , this release also features the stunning photography of Jacques Leonard, a French photographer who began documenting Gypsy life in rural and urban Spain in the 1960s after marrying a Spanish gypsy, creating in the process one of the most important records of this unique world in the 20th century.
The album is put together by two of Spain's most important Gipsy Rhumba specialists - compiler David El Indio and sleevenotes by Jose Manuel Gómez (Gufi).
This album comes in 3 formats:
1) Deluxe CD pack with 60 pages of text and photographs (over two booklets!) including main notes, photography, notes on each artist and tracks and original cover art.
2) Heavyweught gatefold double vinyl (with full sleevenotes in 28 page pullout booklet plus free download code)
3) Worldwide Digital release
REVIEWS AND FEATURES:
The Guardian newspaper: Here
El Pais, Spain large newspaper feature (in Spanish): Here
"a capsule of supercharged clapping and joyous vocals" The Guardian/Observer
***** ”A victory for gipsy party music… A collection worthy of conquering the world” Dagens Nyheter, Sweden
“Be warned, you’ll want to dance… boiling hot and authentic” Trois Couleurs, France
“The compilation ‘Gipsy Rhumba’, in a luxurious edition complete with a thick bilingual booklet, contains 20 tracks… that reveal the enormous breadth of gipsy music.” CULTurMAG, Germany