The Gypsy Queens and Kings
a legendary show on tour
featuring Kaloome (France), Esma Redzepova (Macedonia), Jony Iliev (Bulgaria), Florentina Sandu (Romania), Aurelia Sandu and Tantzica Ionita (Romania) and the vibrant Gypsy Brass Orchestra Mahala Rai Banda (Romania)
20 Roma musicians on stage, coming together from four different countries, cast a spell over their audiences with the great voices of their people and virtuoso instrumentals!
The legendary Gypsy Queens & Kings featuring Romanian brass demons of Fanfare Ciocarlia has enjoyed exceptional success around the world over the years - this included many sold out venues - for example at the Barbican in 2007 which made history. The Independent wrote: “…just one verse was enough to make this the concert of the year.”
The second edition of The Gypsy Queens & Kings on tour since 2009 still features Macedonian Gypsy Queen Esma Redzepova, Bulgarian Mahala rocker Jony Iliev, young Romanian singer and Taraf De Haidouks’ Nicolae Neacsus granddaughter Florentina Sandu, as well as acclaimed French rumba Gitano group Kaloome. New to The Gypsy Queens & Kings is the young and vibrant brass band Mahala Rai Banda who are performing new material especially created for this new show. The Gypsy Queens & Kings concerts offers powerful visual, musical flamboyance and gives the audience an extraordinary and unique experience of the soul of Gypsy music.
"... with almost everyone on their feet, it really was a gig to remember."
Evening Standart 20th October 2009 about the concert at the Royal Festival Hall London (read more)
“... the best Gypsy Party this side of the Danube.”
Guardian 2nd June 2007 about the concert at the Barbican
“… but the evening everyone was talking about was The Gypsy Queens and Kings – the Barbican was in party mode within the first few minutes and everybody knew it was going to be a legendary night to remember.” Songlines July / August 2007 about the concert at the Barbican
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