Diego RamÃ³n JimÃ©nez Salazar, known as El Cigala, is a famous Dominican-Spanish Romani Flamenco singer. As he himself has said, the nickname was given to him by three guitar players, Los Losada, for being very thin, not by CamarÃ³n de la Isla as commonly believed.
One of his great albums is 2003's "LÃ¡grimas Negras", a cooperation with then 85 year old Cuban pianist Bebo ValdÃ©s. The easy fusion of Cuban rhythms and flamenco vocals made this record an international success.
Born into a family of Spanish Gypsy artists and intellectuals in Madrid, El Cigala started singing in flamenco peÃ±as and tablaos, until his excellent meter and ability to mark the rhythm caught the attention of world-class bailaores like Mario Maya, FaÃco, Farruco, El GÃ¼ito, Manuela Carrasco, CristÃ³bal Reyes, Carmen CortÃ©s, JoaquÃn CortÃ©s and he began touring as part of their companies. By the late nineties, having collaborated on recordings by CamarÃ³n, Tomatito, Gerardo NÃºÃ±ez and Vicente Amigo, he was ready to record his own CD. With the success of "Undebel" he launched his career as solo singer. He has now recorded 8 CDs and has won two Grammys and 5 Latin Grammy nominations.