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.
[Music] Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajastan Express – Junun
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.
[Music] Nicolae Botgros şi Ovidiu Barteş – Hora lui Ion Drăgoi
Moldovan music by Nicolae Botgros and Ovidiu Barteş is perfect for brightening up a rather grey California day.
[Music] Amira Medunjanin & Mostar Sevdah Reunion – Mito Bekrijo
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.
[Music] Django Reinhardt – Minor Swing
A bit of Manouche music, courtesy of the legendary Django Reinhardt.
[Music] Kemanî Cemal – Aksaray’in Taslari
This is from the release Sulukule: Rom Music of Istanbul. Kemanî Cemal was a Turkish musician from the neighborhood of Sululuke.
[Music] Boban & Marko Marković Orchestra – Serbian Trumpets
A magnificent short clip, around 13 minutes, showcasing the talents of Boban Marković and his son, Marko.
[Music] Elvis Ajdinović i Orkestar Meke Ajdinovića – Elvisov cocek
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.
[Music] Usnija Redžepova – Kazuj krčmo džerimo
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.
[Music] Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra – Live In Buenos Aires 2005
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.