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Willie & Lobo

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(1983 – 2007, 2011 – present)

Willie & Lobo is a ‘World Music’ musical duo that comprised of Willie Royal (violin) and Wolfgang Fink, also known as Lobo (guitar). Meeting in 1983, Willie & Lobo produced 10 albums before disbanding in early 2007. The duo got back together in 2011.

“Zambra” is a Gypsy word meaning a gathering of musical merriment and it is also a dance done by the women of Spain. Willie and Lobo create this atmosphere with their tenth career album featuring their signature sound of Gypsy Boogaloo violin and flamenco guitar. Produced and co-written with featured songs and performances by famed trumpeter Rick Braun, ZAMBRA marks their fifth creative collaboration together.

“Working with Rick on the album was a fantastic experience, it just felt right,” muses Royal, “besides having a total blast in the studio he’s always inspiring us in new ways.” Braun adds, “We first worked together on GYPSY BOOGALOO. They were crazy enough to trust me as their producer even though it was my first production. That was the start of many years of friendship and a wonderfully creative journey together.”

Besides a rare musical freshness and authenticity, the approach Willie and Lobo took to recording ZAMBRA captured a great deal of emotion.

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  • Hekmo

    Official Homepage names them "Willie and Lobo" without any ampersand

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • melikhan

    это просто... праздник какой-то! :)

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • AMG22

    Interesting, I was turned on to them while driving Rick Braun around clearwater beach, fl a couple of years back. I listened to this for a couple of days, being from Peru I was taken back to my home. Thanks Rick for the CD, -

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
  • avivamagnolia

    These guys got their start in a nightclub called Mama Mia's, in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Willie played violin at my wedding in San Miguel, years ago. I met him playing a gig at Mama Mia's, and got friendly with some other musicians (unrelated) - Andean/Peruvian panpipe player, salsa conguero from Vera Cruz...like that. Kind of tossed together a pickup band just for the wedding, held outside in the midst of lilac jacaranda trees and magenta bougainvillea - everything in full blossom - and danced the afternoon and night away to Willie on his violin, kind of the front man for the loose ensemble of great musicians. Lobo played over on the "dinner crowd" side of Mama Mia's, a single act, entertaining the folks who were into their margaritas and fettucine. Amazing to finally hear them together. Lobo would alternate sets with this Mexican group who played some pretty gorgeous, genuine-sounding Andean-style music. Willie, on the other hand, played over on the 'wild side'

    9 Aug 2008 Reply
  • joshkouri

    >3,000 listeners? that's a travesty

    28 Jan 2008 Reply
  • kananiaznhoku

    Best music ever. Wish more people knew about these guys. And I wish people actually listened to Rockin' Gypsies--It really does rock with the violin solo at the end. Along with Moorish Reunion. =)

    10 Jun 2007 Reply
  • insomniablues

    <3

    22 May 2007 Reply

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