Artist Profiles: Luis el Zambo

Luis el Zambo – Photo by Paco Manzano

Luis Fernández Soto, better known as Luis el Zambo (Jerez, 1949) was born in Taxdirt street (calle La Sangre) in Jerez’s Santiago barrio. He has mastered the styles and rhythms that stem from the Gipsy tradition.

After participating in the album Cayos Reales- Los Juncales de Jerez, his friends encouraged him to a professional singer. He later recorded with his brothers and collaborated with Tomatito, Moraito Chico, Miguel Poveda, and a compilation released for the 11th Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla

El Zambo performed at the top flamenco stages in Seville and Madrid, achieving success. He now performs the purest forms based in traditional Gypsy song.

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.

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