Artist Profiles: Rom Bengalè

Rom Bengalè – Photo by Klaus Reimer

Rom Bengalè was a well-known group of Romanian Gypsy musicians. The musicians from Rom Bengali, who were between 16 to 26 years old, made an name for themselves in the moloch Bucharest with their unconditional cross over style binding traditional Lautari music with modem oriental pop music.

Music was their life just as it was their parents. They reached, however, for keyboards, electric guitars, electric bass, drums and percussion along side of the traditional music. Their interest lied not in imitating western pop music but rather in creating their own Lautari traditional, undeniably oriental influenced, electric-soul sound. The lyrics spoke about unhappy love affairs between gypsies and non gypsies, the hopelessness of the inner city, (prices rising out of control, ever growing poverty), anti-gypsy discrimination, love, jealousy, and dreams of wandering trough the world.

The group disbanded in 2001.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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