Romanian musician Tamango passed away July 8th, 2012. He suffered from cardiac problems for many years and endured recurring cerebral attacks. He died following a stroke at the age of 66.
Tamango was the vocalist and spoon-player of The Shukar Collective, a group formed out of traditional gypsy (Roma) musicians from the band Shukar and younger Romanian artists. In The Shukar Collective, Napoleon, Tamango and Clasic played ursari music (ursar means ‘bear tamer’ or ‘bear handler’) using spoons, wooden barrels or darbuka drum to create a powerful sound that is at the same time emotional and soulful.
Younger members contributed their drum and bass beats and other electronic sounds which resulted in the remarkable album Urban Gypsy, released on Riverboat Records in 2003. From 2008 onwards, Tamango slowly retreated from the music scene due to ill health.
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.