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The Rough Guide to the Music of Balkan Gypsies

  • 1. Mahalageasca - Mahala Ra Banda
    2. Cintec de Dragoste Si Joc - Taraf de Hadouks
    3. Mundo Cocek - Boban Markovic Orkestar
    4. Lenorije Chaje - Ivo Papasov/Yuri Yunakov
    5. Di, Murgule, Di - Nikolae Simion
    6. Opa Cupa - Saban Bajramovic/Mostar Sevdah Reunion
    7. Lume, Lume - Fanfare Ciocarlia
    8. Pranvera - Vangelis Vasiliou
    9. Romano Oro - Esma Redzepova/Usnija Jasarova
    10. To Tsantiraki - Eleni Vitali
    11. Espresso - Taraf De Metropulitana
    12. Flix Kolo - Boban Markovic Orkestar/Felix Lajko Band
    13. Kadife - Omar Faruk Tekbilek/Richard Hagopian
    14. Taraf - Shukar Collective
    15. Sofyisky Kjuchek - Ibro Lolov
    16. Rom - Kostas Pavlidis/Nikos Kypourgos
    17. Tsiganka Sam Mala - Vera Petrovic
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1159

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Dan "Boxcar" Rosenberg.
    Photographer: Youri Lenquette.
    Arrangers: Harold G. Hagopian; Yuri Yunakov; Boban Markovic.
    The Balkan gypsy groups provide some of the most intoxicating styles of music available on the world music market. This compilation, one of only a few that can stand in the same light as some of the more recent albums put out by the bands themselves, shows off both the breadth and the depth of the genres. The album opens with a pair of Romanian pieces, one featuring the masterful Taraf de Hadouks. Two of Serbia's greatest stars, Boban Markovic and Saban Bajramovic, each provide a piece for the collection. Bulgaria is represented by the team of two of its greatest exponents in Ivo Papasov and Yuri Yunakov, known for their mixes of jazz, rock, and wedding music with the traditional styles. The up-and-coming Fanfare Ciocarlia has a rousing piece in combination with Angelite (aka Mystere des Voix Bulgares), and contemporary ursari-come-hip-hoppers Shukar Collective provide a beat-heavy piece. Armenia is represented by Richard Hagopian, there are North African, Macedonian, and Greek ideas, and even klezmer motives make themselves known. The album is an extremely mixed bag, but by hitting on many of the important recent groups it makes a decent starter album for someone curious about Rom music styles in the current day. ~ Adam Greenberg

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