The unique music performance of the Hungarian band Romengo will be enriched by the captivating melancholic sound of the guitar in the hands of excellent flamenco musician Juan De Lerida and the voice of Viviane Szabo. Despite their respect for tradition, Romengo is characterised by its musical openness and inspiration from various world genres. This project offers a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the musical legacy of Hungarian Roma guitar ensembles combined with Spanish flamenco.

Although this ten-member ensemble does not fulfill the tradition of Russian bands composed of members of one family across several generations, all the musicians and dancers come from the dynasties of Russian Roma artists. Ehali Cygane, together since 2012, has the best Roma musicians from Russia playing traditional Russian Roma songs in a more modern way, but with respect for traditional practices. Of course, the ensemble’s repertoire also includes camp dances, which are typical for the once-traveling Roma.


From the Andalusian region, which is considered the cradle of flamenco, comes the ensemble of 3000...DeScencias consisting of flamenco musicians, singers, and dancers. The group formed in an excluded location called South Polygon to prepare a theater performance with the same name. Its aim is to present the audience with authentic flamenco, and to prove that art can serve as a tool for social inclusion and transformation of excluded localities.

Coming from Stuttgart, young and charismatic, Gismo Graf, with his extraordinary music talent, was able to play the guitar at the age of six and began to play for audience at the age of twelve. Gismo is accompanied by his father and mentor Joschi Graf on a rhythm guitar, and no less acclaimed musician Joel Locher on contra bass. The trio refreshes the classic gypsy jazz by combining it with genres such as pop, bossa nova, and swing.

Like our festival, this rom-pop band from South Bohemia is entering the 21st year of its existence. Gipsy Suno is now a guarantee that the party will start, so it was clear that we could not miss them at the opening party of this year’s Khamoro festival.

Ten piece chamber orchestra lead by violin virtuozo Ivan Herák will perform in beautiful Jerusalem synagogue. Members of the orchestra are talented students of Prague International Conservatory. In it's repertoir you may find compositions of baroque compositors, jewish compositors but also romani songs adapted for orchestral presentations. You can listen to clasics like Bach's 'concerto for two violin', but also film melodies as John Williams's tune from the movie 'Schindler's list'. Ivan Herák will also present his unique violin style with his cimbali band on Thursday.  

He has millions of views of his music videos, several successful hits, and many exclusive music collaborations. Funky singer Igor Kmet’o became famous mainly through his performance in the Kmet’oband together with his father. In 2015, Igor Kmet’o Jr. started his solo career with the release of his debut album "Ja Som Funky“ which also let to funky style becoming better known.

Members of the NS Begeš ensemble are considered to be among some of the best Serbian tambouras and they have gained many supporters during their seven-year existence. Listen to the soothing sound of tambury, a traditional instrument of Serbian folklore.

"The songs have a Romany feeling, and if they don’t catch your ears, they will definitely catch you,“ says Lače Manuša. The band was founded by Marta Balážová and Tibor Žida – an excellent singer who worked in the band Top Dream Company for a long time, and respected jazz guitarist, songwriter, singer and teacher who performed in the band Gipsy.cz. They were later joined by talented singer and actress Pavlína Matiová, whom you might know from the Prague musical scene or TV.

Paul Schäfer and Olli Soikkeli are desirable solo guitarists whose talent has led them to perform across Europe and the USA. Together they formed Hot Club d’Europe which adheres to the pure and honest gypsy jazz tradition as it is inherited by Paul Schäfer as a descendant of a famous music family. At the same time, they pose a distinctive touch to the compositions by their creative interpretations. This year, Noah Schäfer will join them on the contra bass.

The charismatic expression, the recitation of the subtle tones in contrast to the wild rhythms, is what makes this artist so unique. "The Devil’s Virtuoso“ Ivan Herák is one of the most sought-after Czech Roma violinists. At Khamoro, he will present together with his excellent bandmates as a honest Roma dulcimer band.

The name of this band from a remote village in a foggy village in northeastern Romania could be translated as the "Song of the Lark“. Thanks to their unrestrained commitment and frantic play there are many punks among the fans of this legendary Balkan group, and every event they find themselves turned into a wild party.

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