Tickets & Tour Information For Ketama
Flamenco fusion from Spanish innovators Ketama
Throughout the '80s and '90s, Ketama developed a unique style based around flamenco music by drawing influences from salsa, reggae, funk and jazz to create a special kind of sound. Although drawing criticism from stuffy traditionalists, they captivated the youth and continued to push musical boundaries into the 2000s. After over 15 years of silence, they're back! Use StubHub to buy or sell Ketama tickets today!
Original sounds from the world music giants
Each member of the original Ketama line up originated from well-known flamenco lineage. José Soto Sorderita, Ray Heredia and Juan Carmona formed the band in the Spanish capital of Madrid, although Heredia would soon leave and be replaced by Antonio Carmona. Guitarist José Miguel Carmona joined, and the trio became a quartet. Their first release came with a self-titled debut in 1985, which they had actually recorded a couple of years earlier. ‘La Pipa de Kif' followed in 1987 and is considered the work that launched Ketama into the international spotlight. Their fundamentally flamenco sound fused with genres such as the blues, Brazilian music, funk, reggae and jazz earned significant attention from prestigious worldwide music publications. Antonio Carmona began to play a bigger role in the group, and eventually replaced José Soto on lead vocals when he left. Ketama was a trio once more. For their third record, Ketama joined forces with British double-bassist and Richard Thompson collaborator Danny Thompson and Malian kora player Toumani Diabate. The record, entitled ‘Songhai', gained critical acclaim, although their later 1995 effort ‘De akí a Ketama' would become their definitive success. The album won numerous awards and sold over one million copies. Hear these classics from the early days and bask in the worldly sounds of this experimental Spanish outfit. You can buy or sell Ketama tickets on StubHub now!
Cinematic imprint and new waves of influence
In the same year as the release of the phenomenal ‘De akí a Ketama', Ketama contributed two songs to the romantic drama film Alma Gitana, directed by Chus Gutiérrez. They were also tasked with writing the original soundtrack to the Fernando Colomo film ‘El efecto mariposa'. By the early 2000s, Ketama took things a step further with ‘Dame le mano', which blended hip-hop, rap and house influences with flamenco music in a way only they could pull off (although Barcelona eight-piece Ojos de Brujo provide a killer hip-hop blend too)! This would be their last original album before putting their career to rest in 2004. Now, however, a huge comeback is on the cards, so buy or sell Ketama tickets right here on StubHub to catch them live in action!
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