A bit of gypsy jazz to warm your night a bit courtesy of Opa Tsupa (only in French, I’m afraid), a quintet out of France who specialize in Manouche Jazz.
This pleasant surprise came from out of nowhere. Israeli composer and multi-instrumentalist Shye Ben Tzur collaborates here with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and the marvelous Rajasthan Express for a fusion of three continents.
Moldovan music by Nicolae Botgros and Ovidiu Barteş is perfect for brightening up a rather grey California day.
Sevdalinke is Bosnia’s gift to the world, and the pairing of a wonderful songbird like Amira Medunjanin, known as the Bosnian Billie Holliday, with the amazing gypsy troupe Mostar Sevdah Reunion is a blessing to a sore head at the moment.
A bit of Manouche music, courtesy of the legendary Django Reinhardt.
This is from the release Sulukule: Rom Music of Istanbul. Kemanî Cemal was a Turkish musician from the neighborhood of Sululuke.
A magnificent short clip, around 13 minutes, showcasing the talents of Boban Marković and his son, Marko.
The town of Guca, Serbia is home to one of the greatest gypsy brass festivals in the world. Here’s a sample from one of the new names exploding onto the gypsy brass scene, Elvis Ajdinović.
The Macedonian Gypsy singer Usnija Redžepova passed away today at the age of 69. I cannot say if she is related to her fellow Gypsy countrywoman, Esma, but when Usnija was young, she looked like Monica Belluci fronting a Roma band. RIP.
Most American film buffs know Emir Kusturica as one of the best directors to come out of the Balkans. What they may not know is that he’s a hell of a band leader. Check out this concert from 2005.