Sabor de Gràcia

Sabor de Gràcia


This group from Spain synthesized Caribbean rhythms and Flamenco into a new urban folk style: The Catalan Rumba. Using this magic formula ‘Sabor de Gràcia’ emerges as the most modern Catalan Rumba. Enjoy this authentic gypsy party!


Catalan Rumba is a popular music genre with gipsy roots, which arose in Barcelona in the mid 50’s.
The sprout of Catalan Rumba stems from the confluence of two western music traditions: Flamenco and Afro-Cuban tradition. Catalan gipsies synthesized it into a new urban folk style, assimilating the patterns of Afro-Latin music into their Flamenco music tradition. Catalan Rumba pioneers created a peculiar way of playing the guitar that characterizes the genre a guitar venting to the beat of hand claps and bongos. Using this magic formula ‘Sabor de Gràcia’ emerges as the most modern Catalan Rumba, the one that after being Latinized during the last few years, seeks to find the way back home to the origins of that provocative and hedonic mestizo style that made anyone who listened to it get on their feet and dance.
The former Villa de Gràcia is an authentic gipsy quarter. It is precisely there that the authenticity of Catalan Rumba, represented by Sabor de Gràcia, was found. This band of rumberos (rumba musicians) appears as such in Gràcia in 1994, although some of its main members had already collaborated with other bands and leading artists such as Gato Pérez, Les Estrelles de Gràcia, Ai Ai Ai, Chipén, Ramonet, Moncho, Amalgama, Són d´Aquí, Manzanita and many more.
In 1997 their first record, ‘Tots els colors,’ was released. This included a sensitive version of Serrat’s ‘Me’n vaig a peu’ in rumba clef.
Since then they have shared the lineup with Orquesta Platería, Marina Rosell, Joan Manuel Serrat, Los Manolos, Peret, Salif Kelta, Moncho, Chocolate, Lucrecia, Ketama y Tomeu Penya, among many others.
This is a young but experienced band that knows how to establish rapport with a faithful audience that is ready to dance to the rumba beat.
In 2004 a new album was released EL MUNDO BAILA (K-Industria, 2004) an ambitious project aimed at crossing the borders which paved the way for the rumba of the future.
In addition to presenting their own songs, which show a qualitative change in their music, in this album Sabor de Gràcia recalls and plays covers of some of their distinguished predecessors (“Pescaílla”, Gato Pérez, los Chavos.)
The stirring intensity that stems from the contrast between Sicus’ rumba voice and typical Flamenco beats is especially remarkable.
The result are 12 themes in which the duality of the rumba feelings of these musicians blossoms. The Caribbean rhythms and the Flamenco elf merge to embrace a new popular expression, the Catalan Rumba.
In 2006 Sabor de Gràcia’s third and latest record ‘LA CANÇÓ AMB RUMBA’ (Stress Music) was brought out. This album is a tribute to the ‘Nova Cançó,’ it keeps the essence of the symbolic period songs that when combined with gipsy beats result in the distinctive joyful rhythms of the Catalan Rumba.

This band, beyond the shadow of a doubt, is bound to succeed.
Their secret lies in the mixture of gipsies and payos who found in Catalan Rumba their channel of expression, artistic and emotional expression. These are deeply rooted feelings in the long cultural tradition of Gràcia and the gipsy town of Catalonia.


Què volen aquesta gent

Written By: Lluís Serrahima i Maria del Mar Bonet

De matinada han trucat, són al replá de l´escala
la mare quan surt a obrir porta la bata posada.
¿El seu fill, que noés aquí?, N´és adormit a la cambra,
¿queé li volen al meu fill? El fill mig es desvetllava.
La mare ben poc en sap, de totes les esperances del seu fill estudiant, que ben compromés n´estava
Qué volen aquesta gent
que truquen de matinada?
Dies ha que parla poc i cada nit s´agitava,
li venia un tremolor tement un truc a trenc d´alba.
Encara no ben despert ja sent viva la trucada
i es llença pel finestral, a l´asfalt d´una volada.
Qué volen aquesta gent
que truquen de matinada?
Els que truquen resten muts, menys un d´ells
potser el que mana
que s´inclina al finestral, Darrere xiscla la mare
De matinada han trucat, la llei una hora assenyala.
Ara l´estudiant és mort,
n´és mort d´un truc a trenc d´alba.
Qué volen aquesta gent
que truquen de matinada?



Tots els colors (1997)
El mundo baila (2004)
La cançó amb rumba (2006)