Bebo Valdés & Diego ‘El Cigala’ Present Black Tears in New York

Bebo Valdés and El Cigala
Bebo Valdés and El Cigala
New York, USA – Bebo Valdés & Diego ‘El Cigala’ will make their New York City concert debut at the Beacon Theater on September 8, 2004 at 9 p.m. This performance comes on the heels of one of the most internationally acclaimed albums in recent memory: Lágrimas Negras (‘Black Tears’).

These two renowned performers, from two distinct disciplines, have joined forces to create a third, powerful and distinctive musical language. Mr. Bebo Valdés, is the pianist and composer arranger who has helped shape Cuban music for the last 60 years. He is also the father of jazz phenomenon Chucho Valdés. Diego ‘El Cigala’ is the younger traditional soul-searching flamenco singer from Spain. They use boleros as their medium, Spanish as their language, and together they create Afro-Cuban influenced boleros with a distinct flamenco personality.Lágrimas Negras has sold more than 400,000 copies since its release and was named Critic’s choice Album of the year 2003 by The New York Times.

Along with numerous other international accolades and awards, Bebo & ‘Cigala’ and the album, Lágrimas Negras, have just been nominated in five categories for the 2004 Latin GRAMMY awards including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Traditional Tropical Album.

Where: The Beacon Theater : 74th Street & Broadway NYC.

Ticket information: $45.00 – $75.00 / on sale July 30th. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster locations, and by calling 212 307-7200 (automated number) and 212 307-7171 (español) or online at and the Beacon Theater box office: 212 496 7070

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.