Ask him where he comes from, he’ll tell you he is the son of the wind of Camargue (in the south of France) , the only sure thing is that he was born in Arles a beautiful day of June. Son of the wind, but also of José Reyes, who was and remains one of the most famous singers of cante jondo (in andalusian folk music it means “deep song”, and is considered the deepest form of vocal expression in flamenco), revealed to the public through his collaboration with Manitas de Plata. Jose Reyes is still considered today as one of the legends of flamenco music.
Canut gave his first concerts with his father, mostly during private parties int the 70's to which celebrities and powerful people came from the entire world to feast their ears listening to the Maestro. Thus, Canut played for Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Brigitte bardot or Salvador Dali and the who's who of the French riviera, but the prestige of the audience had little importance for him, he found his pleasure and his pride in the musical bond he has forged over the years with his father,.
Over time, the children grew up, Jose decided to gather all his sons during the 70s, giving birth to a family troop soberly named Jose Reyes & Los Reyes. The group released several albums, and, despite the declining health of Jose, the project was on the path to success. Unknowingly, the patriarch has given impetus to a phenomenon that would reach its full potential a few years after his death.
Next comes a story everybody knows, the story of one of the most famous french band, the Gipsy Kings. Canut has composed and sang some of their most famous titles, including Montaña which remains one of their most popular song 20 years after its recording. Canut and his brothers still travel all around the world, and even if they’ve done so for more than two decades, they always feel the same pleasure and excitement when it’s time for them to hit the road.
Back home in Arles, his greatest pleasure is to sit down with his guitar, a coffee on the table, and sing for those who pass by. If you sit near him, he’ll look deeply at you and play from the heart. This is the meaning of his new album, he distills his inner self, and makes you discover his real character, tender, poetic, amused, sometimes sad and always moving.