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Kal is a contemporary Gypsy band from the suburbs of Belgrade. They have a rock attitude punched up with urban beats, but rooted in the Balkans. In their wit, imagination and ability to throw disparate sounds together they mark themselves as both part of Balkan Gypsy tradition and 21st Century lifestyle.The Ristic brothers - Dushan and Dragan - confront the prejudices and cliches the Roma face. Bhangra rhythms appear, a violin dances around a two-step rhythm played on double bass, Hawaiian steel guitar drifts over a waltz, an accordion feeds a tango, all fueled but voices with an eastern European rappers touch. Recorded at Dragan's home studio this album shifts Gypsy soul into cyberspace. To help achieve this Kal asked DJ/engineer/mixologist Mike Nielsen to mix, arrange, find beats and produce the album. The results are surprisingly authentic while being utterly modern... a touch challenge to meet, but this CD gets it right a lot of the time.


Romica Puceanu
Sounds From a Bygone Age Vol.2
Romica Puceanu and the Gore Brothers present music from a golden age in Gypsy music in Romania, recorded in the 1960s in Bucharest.


Balkan Playboys (feat. Nicola Parov)
This band skips agilely across the whole Balkan territory from Hungary and Romania to Bulgaria, driven by gadulka, kaval, clarinet, bouzuki, accordion, violin, percussion, flutes and reeds.


Various Artists
Gypsy Summer - Tales of Surviving
Back in stock! Featuring Karandila Brass Band, this soundtrack from a film about Gypsy life by Milan Ognianov. Musicians and singers from the ages of 5 to 75 are captured on the streets and in their homes: fiddlers, cymbalom players, superb folk singers and and the roaring energy of the Karandila ensemble. Highly Recommended.


Musicians of the Nile
Down by the River
For 30 years the Musicians of the Nile, from Luxor in upper Egypt, have traveled the world performing their traditional gypsy music, based on the sound of the rababah (horse-hair stringed fiddle) and testimony to an ancient Bedouin tradition. The group continues to act as guardians of their timeless tradition, continually renewing their art.


Ion Petre Stoican
Sounds From a Bygone Age Vol.1
On the only long-playing record by the Romanian violinist Ion Petre Stoican the most important Gypsy musicians from the Bucharest Lautari scene were united in an All-star band and through a bizarre stroke of luck created one of the most atmospheric records of the time. Most of the pieces played came from Constanta and from Stoican's birthplace Oltenita, and are primarily fast rhythmic dances such as Hora, Briu, Sirba or Geamparale, which no wedding could do without. Recovered from the archives of Electrecord and out on CD now: Romanian traditional music in original analog sound recorded in the 1970s!


Taraf de Haiduks
The continuing adventures of… (CD and DVD)
A DVD film (PAL format) and accompanying audio CD present the brigands of Balkan Gyopsy music live in concert, a 52 minute film, an 'on the road' documentary, and a clip from the film Latcho Drom. Musically brilliant and witty


Kocani, Fresu, Salis
Kocani Orkestar meet Paolo Fresu and Antonello Salis
This one leaps out to the edge, with the inimitible Balkan brass band joined by two Italian jazz experimenters for a raucous, surprising and completely unexpected set of musical adventures. 60 minures of great music from various live performances during late February and early March of 2004


Pjotr Leschenko
1931-1937: Gloomy Sunday
The charismatic Russian singer Pjotr Leschenko in recordings from 1931 to 1937, the years Leschenko was well on his way to conquering the whole of Europe from his exile in Bucharest. The accent is on tangos, with the focus being the title track, the legendary peaen to despair by Sam M. Lewis.


40 Degrees
The music of Hùrlak travels the roads taken by the Roma peoples through the centuries, beginning in central Europe and culminating in Andalusia. They draw their influences from Roma traditions, but also from the traditions of the places the people passed through. On Hùrlak's 2005 there are elements of French and Spanish traditional music, jazz and music from the Balkans all fused together.



More Gypsy/Roma music

Pani Sindhu - Dotschy Reinhardt - 15.99
Gypsy singer and songwriter and one of the many heirs to the Django legend. She is working in her music to bridge the gap between contemporary music and the heritage of the Roma (Gypsy) and Sinti people. She moves from jazz and cabaret music to Brazilian, Portuguese and traditional Indian music with ease. It's a unique take on the Gypsy tradition as it filters through a global culture.

boheme de cristal - Lo'Jo - 17.99
Lo'Jo are one of the more mysterious bands, or collectives, to emerge from France. The oft-used term 'world music' is apropos for what Lo'Jo create, but in their case it just doesn't convey the strange map by which the band steers. Boheme de Cristal snakes along in a wide variety of styles, almost like an avant-garde cabaret or auditory Cirque de Soleil. ... Lo'Jo, thankfully, never bore; their inventiveness keeps you guessing as to what is around the corner. And if their one English song, "In the Commotion," makes sense to you: "In the commotion I believe/ I saw you/dreaming dead lovers/then choreographing all their gestures/mine all/their words/mine all this/blow it up," then welcome to the circus, and let Lo'Jo bring the dynamite. - Lee Blackstone, RootsWorld

Source Manouche - Marcel Loeffler - 17.99
The French Gypsy accordionist, backed by a quartet guitars and acoustic bass

Y va tomber des cordes - Les Pommes de ma douche - 17.99
Gypsy swing group, very Django-Grappelli-ish and a lot of fun: guitars, fiddle, bass, accordion... all instrumental

Balada - Yuri Yunakov Ensemble - 15.99

Cale Calé - Taller de Compás de Almanjáyar - 17.99
A marvelous group of seasoned experts and young, energetic newcomers have formed a beautiful ensemble of hard edged, dynamic, voice-and-percussion-driven flamenco.

Spillegal / Gypsy horses - Ovrevoll Spelemannslag - 17.99
The Fiddlers of Øvrevoll present 'horse-related music' from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Ireland and Iceland, in untraditional performances of traditional fiddle tunes. The ensemble includes two members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, one gypsy-and folk music player, and one of Norway's most famous jazz musicians. Øvrevoll spelemannslag (in English; the racecourse fiddlers) hope to honor the horse, the symbol of freedom, in a caravan ride through 10 European countries.

Hicaz Dolop - Laco Tayfa - 15.99
Laço Tayfa represents a new synthesis within the Turkish Gypsy tradition. Under the leardership of clarinetist Hüsnü Senlendirici, Laço Tayfa brings Turkish regional folk music into a dialogue with modern global music styles, driven by an adventurous improvisational approach.kalan-

Play to me, Gypsy - Troise and his Mandoliners - 15.99
OK, the cover is atrocious, and the music is dated, but I just can't resist things like mandolin orchestras, and this 'period piece,' cafe-style music recorded in London the 1930s by Pasquale Troise and his small orchestra of mandolins, guitars, strings, accordion... even some slide guitar and xylophone... has an irresistible charm.

Facce - Rosapaeda - 17.99
The ten songs in this recording make use of various dialects from Southern Italy (Sicilian, Calabrese, Greek from Salento, Neapolitan, from Lucania) to generate a musical fire in both traditional and original songs by singer Rosapaeda.

Live - Opa Cupa - 17.99
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Gypsy Killer - Sanda Weigl - 18.99
Bucharest, Berlin, New York: The life of Sanda Weigl is a mirror of recent European history. In her native Rumania, she was a child star singing gipsy songs on national TV. A relative of Helene Weigel, Brecht's widow, she fled to Eastern Berlin with her parents in 1961. As a member of the rock band Team 4 she made it to the GDR charts. When she protested against USSR's invasion of Prague, she was banned from performing in public and later deported to Western Berlin. There she started a career in theatre which led her to work with Luc Bondy, Jürgen Flimm, Peter Zadek and Robert Wilson. Meanwhile Weigl lives in New York and got back to the music that characterized her youth and kept her alive in GDR prison: the passionate songs of the Roma and Sinti Gypsies that came over in the interpretation of the gifted Romanian singer Maria Tanase. Listen

Treo - Tri Muzike - 17.99

i nuvoli: jazz manouche - Jacopo Martini - 17.99
Italian guitarist Jacopo Martini is joined by Nico Gori on clarinet and accmpanied by a small ensemble of violin, accordeon (the amazing Antonello Salis), vibes, guitars and bass.

Gypsy Ride - Balakan - 15.99
Roma music from the Balkans and the Middle east

Gypsies - i nostri zingari - Various Gypsy Artists - 16.99
music by Kocani Orkestar and Harmonia Ensemble / Taraf de Haidouks / Note Manouche / Cortjzo- Torna a Kocani Orkestar and Harmonia Ensemble / Taraf de Haidouks / Note Manouche / Cortjzo

When the bees are gathering honey - Zig Zag Trio - 16.99
The Gypsy wedding music of Bulgaria has been made famous by the likes of Yunakov and Papasov, but this ensemble is every bit their equal as they thunder through Gypsy music, crazy jazz and wild improvisations on accordion, tupan, percussion and guitar. Highly Recommended!

A Distant Echo - Korova - 16.99
This vocal-tamboura quartet from Bulgaria play authentic folk music from the Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria, with energy and directness. Their performance is captured in their home town setting, without a fancy studio sound or production... you'll hear the listeners join in, you'll hear the trucks drive by.

Ultramarine - Fairy Tale Trio - 16.99
Unique folk insprired jazz from Bulgaria by a trio of Theodosii Spassov (kaval), Antoly Vapirov (sax) and Styoan Yankoulov (percussion, tupan) with Enver Izmailov on guitars on a few tracks

Katedral for tapte drommer - Solfrid Molland - 18.99
On Katedral for tapte drømmer [Cathedral of Lost Dreams], the Norwegian accordionist is joined by some great names in Balkan music: Romanian hotshots Taraf de Haiduks, French-Russian gutarist Pascal de Loutcher and Gypsy singer Ionut Guluna.

Radio Romanista - KAL - 18.99
Band leader Dragan Ristic says of their new project: "We went from being this tiny Belgrade band to touring Europe and the US, hearing DJs blast our music in clubs, playing festivals, getting to spread the word and music of the Roma. What you get here is our live sound. We spend a lot of time touring and playing clubs along the Danube, bars that put on live music. This has really shaped our sound, it's Rock'n'roma! I strongly believe this album leads a new wave of Gypsy music." Serbian rapper Marcelo cameos with the band on the first track.

63 Strings - 63 Strings, feat. Manomanouche - 12.99
A group of Italian musicians executes a musical raid into French Gypsy Jazz territory, joined by the well known Italian Gypsy ensemble Manomanouche and American harpist Park Stcikney. Nunzio Barbieri (acoustic guitar), Dino Contenti (upright bass) and Luca Enipeo (acoustic guitar) take on the obvious (Django Reinhardt) and some less well known turns as well (Domenico Modugno, Romane).

The continuing adventures of… (CD and DVD) - Taraf de Haiduks - 22.99
A DVD film (PAL format) and accompanying audio CD present the brigands of Balkan Gyopsy music live in concert, a 52 minute film, an 'on the road' documentary, and a clip from the film Latcho Drom. Musically brilliant and witty

el rey del cante gitano - Agujetas - 15.99
The real deal: flamenco without the fluff by the brusque voice of Manuel Agujetas and the impeccable giutar of Curro de Jerez in a a pure flamenco session in the Cava del Agujetas of the La Soleá tavern. There they performed in classic improvisational style the fandangos, seguiriyas and bulerías that are the soul of Jerez.

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