You can enjoy the first concert of traditional Roma music already today!
The concert in ROXY brings you the best Roma bands from all around the world – Tamburitza of Danube from Serbia, Flamenco Aire Quintero from Spain, Shukar from Slovakia and RomaNeno from Bulgaria!
TAMBURITZA OF DANUBE /SERBIA/
Tamburitza od Danube is the sole orchestra active on the territory of Serbian Vojvodina which combines the local folk music with Romani musical traditions. The penetration of Romani harmonies into the repertoire of the band is not only the result of the popularity of this music; it also results from the fact that some of the band members are Roma musicians. In addition to Roma music the band also plays songs originating from the farming regions in the North of Serbia, or those composed by internationally recognized authors. The famous musician, Mile Nikolić, is at the head of the band which he has been able to make known all over the world: from Europe to the U.S. and Canada, too.
Bring three experienced Roma musicians together – an accordion player, a guitarist and a drummer – then add four jazzmen – playing the trumpet, trombone, piano, and bass – and to top if off, blend it with the deep, distinctive voice of the Roma singer Neno Iliev – and what you’ll end up with is a cocktail full of traditional Roma music, jazz and funk, with some admixture of Latino. Precisely this kind of music is played by the RomaNeno. The band was formed in 2010, and three years later they came up with their first album called Taj Mahal. The band members have been performing at festivals not only in their native Bulgaria but also abroad. Among other locations, they performed e.g. at the prestigious Worms Jazz Festival in Antwerp. Their concerts are crazy, colourful, delicious and make your body and soul dance. “World or ethno music, gypsy jazz – don’t try to push any definition upon our music, all you have to do is to experience it,“ say the band members themselves.
The Šukar Band was established in 1990, bringing together players from various Ljubljana music bands. Most of them are members of tambourine orchestras having initially played traditional Slovenian music who later were taken with Roma music. The Šukar repertoire covers Roma music from all over Europe which is highly variegated thanks to the diversity of conditions and cultures. In their repertoire they include composed and recorded songs as well as those handed down only by the word of mouth which they adapt in an original way giving them a new form. Most of the songs are sung in the Romani dialects known as “Pristevacki“ and “Cergarski“, but you may also meet with the Sinti, Hungarian, Olah, or Russian dialects. During the course of its 25 years of existence the Šukar have produced a total of eight albums and also a Romani songbook.
FLAMENCO AIRE QUINTERO /SPAIN/
Year after year, genuine flamenco continues ranking among the Khamoro Festival genres most sought after. This is why the Flamenco Aire Quintero ensemble, in which the best musicians and dancers have congregated, is sure not to disappoint not only the lovers of this passionate style. In fact, the singers Juan Luis Vega Garcia “El Maera“ and José Guerrero “Tremendo Hijo“ grew up in the cradle of flamenco – the town of Sevilla where their families encouraged them to engage in singing and dancing from childhood. They will be accompanied by guitar player José Antonio Acevedo.
The three musicians will also be joined by three excellent dancers: Luis de Utreta, Juan Aquirre, and Estefania Narvaez. Although born in different parts of the world they all of them live in Andalusia today, where they can give themselves fully to their love – which is flamenco.