Gypsy Music of the Balkans (ARC Music, 2007)
With the growing interest in Gypsy music, the number of Gypsy music compilations has grown. The best known Gypsy music recordings usually comes from Romania, Hungary, France and Spain. This compilation, instead, was made in Slovenia, bringing a new perspective to the rich world of Roma music. It covers Gypsy acts from some of the countries in the former Yugoslavia: Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Croatia.
The artists selected include Bosnian stars Sarr-e-Roma, who had a series of folk music hits, selling up to three million albums with their Gypsy pop.
Macedonian guitarist Vlakto Stefanovski plays instrumental music, with Gypsy and jazz elements, combining guitar with clarinet.
Slovenian band Langa is one of Slovenia’s best known world music acts. Their festive music style is based on vocals, guitars, accordion and percussion.
Zoran Predin plays Gypsy Swing. He’s not Gypsy, but he’s backed by renowned Slovenian Gypsy band Sukar.
The fiddle-led Ezerky & 7/8 is a collaboration between Macedonian and Croatian artists.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.