Seems to surprise a lot of people, but Gipsy Kings are not a Spanish group, they are a French group originating from the towns of Arles and Montpellier in the south of France! Just as surprising to many as when I tell them "My Way" was actually originally a French song!
These are some popular Spanish brands that have their own stores:
Pull & Bear
And these are some Spanish designers that have their own stores as well although they are focused on a higher level:
Pedro del Hierro
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
Vittorio y Lucchino
And last but not least, the most famous Spanish fashion designer...: Paco Rabanne.
Francisco de Goya
Juan de Herrera
Javier Sáinz de Oiza
Classic Music composers:
Manuel de Falla
Tamara Rojo (1st. dancer of the London Royal Ballet)
Jarabe de Palo
Andy & Lucas
El Canto del Loco
La Oreja de Van Gogh
Toulouse From Ireland, joined Apr 2005, 2718 posts, RR: 58 Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 8): To be fair, though hailing from France the Gipsy Kings are of recent Catalan (Spanish) ancestry.
Oh very true, but they were all born in France, speak primarily French. You know the whole south-west of France is filled with hundreds of thousands of Spanish immigrants who fled Spain under Franco. Today they are well integrated, but the second and third generation of these "refugees" are clearly French. I know many of them, and while they all have a love for Spain, most of them speak worse Spanish than I do (and I'm Irish... with a Spanish wife!) yet say they are French, which "politically" they are. And then the Gipsy Kings are gipsies, originally originating from India... so are they Indians?
Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 9): Just for the record, Benicio del Toro is Puertorican.
Yep, where did I get that from, I don't know. Thanks for the correction, Alfonso.
Quoting Marambio (Reply 5): ...I beg your pardon, sir? Wink Each Zara store I know here has got a very big male-clothes-only area, where you can find some great stuff. And everytime I've been there, I saw a plethora of men buying!
B747_A340 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 196 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 9):
Reggaeton is not Spanish and is not very spread out ,although it has become famous among the Latin American communities since that's exactly where it comes from.
Btw...I hate reggaeton.
I also hate it... it always sounds the same and the lyrics are quite stupid, but I can tell you that it is the only thing you will find in clubs in Salamanca, and I can tell you there isn't a huge Latin American community here. Actually, one of my friends is from Gran Canaria and he is absolutely in love with reggaeton. So even while it is NOT Spanish, it is part of the modern Spanish culture, at least with people that go to college in Spain
IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1825 posts, RR: 62 Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting B747_A340 (Reply 14): one of my friends is from Gran Canaria and he is absolutely in love with reggaeton.
The "Canarios" seem as if they were Latin Americans so it's no surprise. You'll hear Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Cumbia and all those Caribbean/Latin American rhythms much more than pop/rock/techno/trance in the Canaries.
They seem to be closer to Latin America than to the Iberian Peninsula (culturally, of course).
Quoting B747_A340 (Reply 14): I can tell you that it is the only thing you will find in clubs in Salamanca, and I can tell you there isn't a huge Latin American community here.
Well, there's a BIG international community in Salamanca because of it's university, and the amount of foreign students grows incredibly during the summer. Besides, reggaeton is not only "common" in Spain but in other European countries as well.
I have also been in Salamanca and I haven't heard more reggaeton than "decent" music.
Quoting B747_A340 (Reply 14): it is part of the modern Spanish culture, at least with people that go to college in Spain
Not at least in Madrid. I disagree with you there. It's just a minor thing. Trust me...I live here.
JoseMEX From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 1539 posts, RR: 29 Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Other famous Spanish personalities (either adoptive or by birth):
Yola Berrocal, Dinio (originally from Cuba), Tamara (of "No cambié" fame), Raquel Mosquera, David Flores, Boris Izaguirre (originally from Venezuela), Ex-Boxing champ-turned-porn-actor Poli Diaz, Pozi, the Matamoros brothers (Kiko and Koto), etc.
IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1825 posts, RR: 62 Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting JoseMEX (Reply 17): Yola Berrocal, Dinio (originally from Cuba), Tamara (of "No cambié" fame), Raquel Mosquera, David Flores, Boris Izaguirre (originally from Venezuela), Ex-Boxing champ-turned-porn-actor Poli Diaz, Pozi, the Matamoros brothers (Kiko and Koto), etc.
You forgot one of the most beautiful (¿?) and classy (¿?) women in Spain...: Belén Esteban.
I would put all those people mentioned above inside a bag and throw it in the middle of the atlantic during a storm.