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Los GitanosLocation: Based in Cape Town
Founded by Cape Town's famous Latin guitarist Bienyameen Camroodien, Los Gitanos has shared stages with various international groups including Shakatak and Kaoma, the Lambada band from Paris. The band can perform in the very uniquely Mexican Mariachi style - with ponchos and all! - as an acoustic duo or trio, or as a fully fledged Latin party band for bigger events. The members play instruments like bass, guitar, percussions, bazooki, sax, viola, mandolin, charrango etc.
The act's vast repertoire includes anything from Mexican, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, Jewish and South American to "Kaapse Goemma" music.
"(Bienyameen ia) Brilliant, a virtuoso on any plucked instrument, and A guitarist with fingers nimbler than Speedy Gonzales on amphetamines.”
- The Cape Argus critic Derick Wilson
Bienyameen Camroodien, virtuoso performer, started playing the piano at the tender age of six. At the age of eleven he listened to the blind Jose Feliciano and Paco Pena, and was deeply inspired. By fifteen he was hard at work learning to play flamenco and classical guitar.
Over the years Bienyameen has studied the classical guitar with Classical guitar Maestros Uliano Marchio, Elspeth Jack and Aubrey Viegeland. In 1988, Bienyameen performed at one of the master-classes of the Classical guitar duo, the Assad Brothers from Brazil, who were stunned and highly impressed with his flamenco technique. In 1988, Bienyameen completed his music studies at the University of Western Cape.
Bienyameen refined his flamenco skills under the tutelage of the great Pablo Navarro, with whom he performed throughout South Africa. This partnership sadly ended in 1998, when Pablo passed away. Bienyameen was the Musical Director for the La Rosa Dance Company for 7 years, and the leader of the Latin band "Los Gitanos”, which are both based in Cape Town.
At the 2005 Klein Karoo Kunste Fees, Bienyameen won the Kanna Award for his musical direction of the dance production “Blood Wedding”.
In 2011, Bienyameen returned from Spain after performing in Seville, and having attended master classes with Manolo Sanlucar, who is the Grandmaster of the flamenco guitar, at the Cordoba International Guitar Festival.
In October 2011 he accompanied Angel Munoz, who is one of Spain’s leading flamenco dancers, in the flamenco course which was held in Cape Town by the Spanish Dance Society of South Africa.
Bienyameen has appeared in several national television programmes including Expresso, Pasella, Top Billing and Impressions.
Typical Budget for Los Gitanos is
R600 - R25000.
Please note this is merely a guide; if you submit a booking enquiry, you will receive an exact quote based on the unique details of your event.
Submit a booking enquiry directly with Los Gitanos, and the Artist or their manager / representative will be in touch with you soon!
Should you be unsure about which acts to enquire with, you can choose to SEND GIGSTER YOUR EVENT DETAILS and we will forward your enquiry to up to 5 suitable acts.
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