Diego El Cigala
Saturday, March 31, 2018 | 8 pm
Single tickets to Diego El Cigala, and Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More — are now on sale. Patrons who buy a Pick-Four package will be provided with a 25% discount code via e-mail from the Duke University Box Office that can be applied at checkout for Diego El Cigala.
$10 Duke student tickets will go on sale TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
Diego El Cigala emerged as a modern flamenco icon in the late 1990s. With his distinctive gravelly voice and his luxuriant black curls, he conjured the romance of the form, updating it with a swagger all his own. But El Cigala was never content to sing mere flamenco. Indeed, his 2004 collaboration with legendary Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés daringly tied his style to dashing Cuban rhythms, suggesting that his future extended far beyond Andalusian territory. A decade later, he explored tango, even winning a Latin GRAMMY in the genre. It became clear that El Cigala was interested in exploring raw, emotional music, no matter the country of origin.
That is the underlying concept of Indestructible, El Cigala’s masterful 2016 album of spirited salsa, delivered with authoritative flamenco power. El Cigala, who became a citizen of the Dominican Republic in 2014, traveled between Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, New York, and Miami to record these songs. Recruiting musicians from each of those musical epicenters, El Cigala explored the salsa canon while working to stretch it with stylistic brio. He returns to Durham, this time with a ten-piece band, investing this material with even more energy. El Cigala and his band pull together the sounds and sources of the world’s foremost centers of tropical music.
Diego El Cigala is a co-presentation of Duke Performances & The Carolina Theatre of Durham.
"A seance that continually changed form and mood according to the whim of El Cigala, the great Gitano singer — a mile of charisma with a soul-scarring voice — and his band, as they played their own sort of traditional flamenco that brushed against jazz and tango."