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The Rumba Kings | The Instrumental & Vocal Sessions, Vol I.

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The Instrumental & Vocal Sessions, Vol I.

by The Rumba Kings

Mediterranean-inspired, nylon-guitar driven music that’s romantic, soulful, and passionate.
Genre: World: Mediterranean
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Black Sands
4:56 album only
2. Gypsy Soul
3:34 album only
3. The Sin
5:31 album only
4. Dark Dream
4:39 album only
5. A Gypsy's Tear
3:38 album only
6. Amnezia
4:38 album only
7. Sunset Paradise
4:08 album only
8. Eternal Love
4:58 album only
9. Angelina
5:20 album only
10. Bella Luna
3:39 album only
11. Djelem Djelem
4:33 album only
12. The Sin (Ballad Version)
5:31 album only
13. Mila Mou
4:51 album only
14. Stahti
4:57 album only
15. Ftiakse Kalokeria
5:35 album only
16. Agelo Zito (Ballad Version)
5:31 album only
17. Ochi Chyornye
4:53 album only
18. Need Your Love
7:01 album only
19. To Agalma
7:43 album only
20. Careless Whisper
6:47 album only
21. Agelo Zito (Romantic House Remix)
7:54 album only
22. Ftiakse Kalokeria (Pop Version)
4:04 album only


Album Notes
Official Biography

The Rumba Kings are a Spanish-guitar driven instrumental music duo, hailing from Seattle, Washington who formed in 2015. The band is comprised of George Stevens (guitar, bouzouki) and Johnny Bacolas (bass, bouzouki, guitars, keys). Accompaniment members are Teddy Adams (guitar), Tor Dietrichson (percussion), Andrey Zasypkin (drums), Geoffrey Castle (violin), Christos Manolopoulos (drums), James Bergstrom (drums), Mike Fernandez (drums), Sofi Alexandrou (vocals), Rustam Shtar (vocals), Giannis Mosxonas (percussion), Panayiotis Kotsianos (violin), and others.

This is NOT your normal instrumental group! The band puts a big emphasis on their showmanship. Guitarist, George Stevens says, “I like to integrate a show when I perform, by dancing while I play, and reacting with the crowd. I want to give the audience a heightened experience of not only the music, but also the visual aspect. In my experience it's best to please all of the senses.”
And please the senses they do. They crowd is either hypnotized by the beautiful music and precision musicianship, or on their feet dancing at their tables!
A little history about the band...
In the Spring of 2013, producer/musician Johnny Bacolas began searching for musicians to form an original group with the vision of writing and recording beautiful Mediterranean-inspired songs, some instrumental and some with vocals, and performing the music live with a powerful, passionate, and exciting show. "I was searching for musicians that had something very special about each of them. I literally auditioned over 75 + musicians. I was looking for top-level artists that were capable of delivering passionate, energetic and emotional performances," says Bacolas.
During this time, in 2015, George Stevens and his family had recently moved to Washington State from Los Angeles and Bacolas was introduced to Stevens by a mutual friend who owns and operates a small club in the quiet ocean-side suburb of Edmonds, WA. Prior to moving to Washington State, Stevens was in a successful group that performed clubs and private events around the Los Angeles area called The Gipsy Boys. Bacolas recalls first meeting George; "I went to see George perform at The Loft in Edmonds soon after he moved up here. My friend owns it and told me he was playing, and that I should come check out the music. When the band took their first break break, I was introduced to George. I told him we should meet in my studio asap to discuss collaborating on a record together and to start a band."
The next day, the two musicians met at Bacolas' home studio to have a meeting to discuss plans for starting a band, create a legal partnership, and prepare a budget to self-finance a full length record with Bacolas as producer and lead engineer
Bacolas began recording the music, working with musicians around the world, and using four separate studios (two studios in the Pacific Northwest, and two in Athens, Greece).
In July of 2015, Stevens and Bacolas put together a live group and played a small house party in Mercer Island, Washington, as a warm-up gig.
Soon after, the band began a stringent rehearsal schedule and began performing small clubs to begin crafting and fine-tuning the band's live shows. "We started playing small gigs and performing our original songs live, working out all the kinks," says Bacolas.
The shows were an instant hit, and soon the band was asked to play a weekly show at one of Seattle's premiere venues, Bake's Place. In January 2017, the band began performing every Thursday night at the prestigious, Bake's Place, located in the affluent city of Bellevue, WA. "We fine-tuned our show on that stage," says Bacolas. He adds, " The objective was for the band to be a well-lubed machine by the time the CD was released in 2018."
Adds Stevens, "We started a band that plays a wide range of music styles such as Flamenco, Rumba, Greek, Italian, Spanish, and much more. In all my years of performing, I've never been more excited than now, because of the amazing music and musicianship that we have in this new band.”
In January of 2016, The Rumba Kings began collaborating with Greek vocalist, Sofi Alexandrou. In the summer of 2016 and 2017, Bacolas flew to beautiful Greece to shoot music videos with Sofi, and record her vocal tracks. In September 2017 Bacolas filmed Sofi on the dreamy island of Santorini for a new song called "Mila Mou."

Russian born vocalist, Rustam Shtar, performs live with the group from time to time and upon special request. Rustam has won several prestigious awards in Russia and is famous nationally in his native country. He's a phenomenal musician and the band always enjoys the high energy shows they perform together.



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