Diego El Cigala
Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar (born Madrid, 27 December 1968), known as El Cigala (Occitan for 'Cicada'), is a famous Romani Flamenco gypsy singer. As he himself has said, the nickname was given to him by three guitar players, Los Losada, for his powerful voice, not by Camarón de la Isla as commonly believed. Cicadas have been used as money, in folk medicine, to forecast the weather, to provide song (in China), and in folklore and myths around the world. Cicadas are featured in the well-known protest song "Como La Cigarra" ("Like the Cicada"). In the song, the cicada is a symbol of survival and defiance against death.
Diego El Cigala also holds Dominican citizenship.
One of his great albums is the 2003 "Lágrimas Negras", a collaboration with then 85-year-old Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés. The graceful fusion of Cuban rhythms and flamenco vocals made this record an international success.