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.
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.
Those who remember the movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan will certainly remember this tune!
Another treasure after a bout of stumbling around in YouTube. Lida Goulesco was a Russian gypsy who made her fame in Paris. This is a gorgeous piece of music!
A Czech gypsy and former prostitute, Věra Bílá is a Romany institution. This was the first song I ever heard from her, probably about 7-8 years ago, and you can hear elements of jazz and flamenco inside the tune.