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.
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.
Adam Stângă is a trumpeter from Moldova. Something wonderful to tap your feet to.