Friday, February 06, 2015

V.A : Road Of The Gypsies ( L'Epopee Tzigane ) 1996

Road of the Gypsies is an indispensable first stop on any excursion into the world of Gypsy music. The two CDs contain 32 tracks from many of the greatest names in Gypsy music and cover the whole spectrum, from the Middle East through Romania, Hungary, and France and down to Spain. Eloquent liner notes detail the history, migration and cultural impact of this "invisible nation" and its music.

The impeccable music selections echo this theme, kicking off with the late Cameron, flamenco's greatest voice, singing the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, but accompanied by sitar.

Elsewhere Taraf de Haidouks (Romania), Charcoal Gypsies (Egypt), and Bratsch (France) illustrate the enormous variety in the genre, with its many subdivisions such as the rom, manouche, and flamenco styles, all very distinct.

Echoes of Django Reinhardt, himself a Gypsy, can also be heard in the French jazz guitar styles of Titi Winterstein. Gypsy music inspired Cervantes, Bartok, and even Beethoven and serves as an invisible thread in the quilt of European and Middle Eastern musical traditions. This is an astonishing glimpse of a culture carried in the musical brilliance of a forgotten people. ( Derek Rath )
Η Εποποιία της Τσιγγάνικης μουσικής , η μουσική των Ρομά , ένα μακροσκελές μουσικό αφηγηματικό ποίημα που καταγράφει την ψυχή ενός λαού που ζει δίπλα μας , στα παραπήγματα.  Ρατσιστές  Εμείς , παρωπιδάτοι , όμορφοι , στις ψηλοτάκουνες γόβες της κάθε καριόλας που πλασάρεται στην TV , αναίσθητοι στο κουκούλι ενός κράτους που κυκλοφορεί με λιμουζίνες και extensions μυαλά .
Είναι μία από τις πιο δύσκολες και λεπτομερείς αναρτήσεις που έχω κάνει .
Κατεβάστε δωρεάν την ψυχή που σπαράζει στα τραγούδια τους .
Πάρτε το ή φτύστε το , αυτός ο κόσμος δυστυχώς ζει δίπλα μας 
δίπλα στη Χρυσή Αυγή και στην κατάντια μας .
Λυγμ !!!

Various - Road Of The Gypsies (L'Epopee Tzigane)
Label : Network Medien – 24.756
Format : 2  CD, Compilation
Country : Germany
Released : 1996
Genre : Jazz, Latin, Folk, World
Style : Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, Romani, Hindustani, Swing


CD 1

1. Camaron – Nana Del Caballo Grande 4:58
José Monje Cruz (5 December 1950 – 2 July 1992), better known by his stage name Camarón de la Isla, was a Spanish flamenco singer. Considered one of the all time greatest flamenco singers, he was noted for his collaborations with Paco de Lucia and Tomatito, and the three of them were of major importance to the revival of flamenco in the second half of the 20th century.

2. Goran Bregovic – Ederlezi 3:48
        Bosnia and Herzegovina
Goran Bregović (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Бреговић, pronounced , born 22 March 1950) is a Bosnian musician and one of the most internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans. He left Bosnia and Herzegovina before the Bosnian War. Recently, he announced his official return to Sarajevo and set up Roma education foundation.
Bregović has composed for such varied artists as Iggy Pop and Cesária Évora. He rose to fame playing guitar with his rock band Bijelo Dugme. Among his better known scores are three of Emir Kusturica's films (Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream, and Underground).

3. Ando Drom – Lindraji Szi 3:55
Ando Drom are a Roma music ensemble from Hungary, founded in 1984. "Ando drom" means "on the road" in the Romany language.

4. Esma Redzepova & Ensemble Theodosievski – Szelem Szelem 5:50
Esma Redžepova-Teodosievska (born 8 August 1943) is a Fyrom-Romani vocalist, songwriter, and humanitarian. Because of her prolific repertoire, which includes hundreds of songs, and because of her contribution to Roma culture and its promotion, she is nicknamed Queen of the Gypsies.

5. Taraf de Haidouks – Sus La Paru Dintre Vii 3:56
 Taraf de Haïdouks Taraful haiducilor, "Taraf of Haiduks") are a Romani-Romanian taraf (a troupe of lăutari, traditional musicians) from the town of Clejani, and one of the most prominent such groups in post-Communist Era Romania. In the Western world they have become known by way of French-speaking areas, where they are known as "Taraf de Haïdouks".

6. Romica Puceanu & Orchestra Florea Cioaca – Erau Zarzarii-Nfloriti 5:33
No informations for them.
7. Mustafa Kandirali – Kandira Karsilamasi 5:44

 Mustafa Kandirali is probably the most famous living Turkish clarinetist and, arguably, the finest. Like most traditional clarinet players he comes from a Gypsy background and possesses a phenomenal degree of virtuosity. Since childhood he has been a professional musician and commands a huge repertoire encompassing many genres - not only Gypsy traditions but also classical, pop, folk dance and traditional song. To all these he brings an instantly recognisable manner of playing that entails fearless improvisation, subversive high spirits and some characteristic technical tricks - in particular a kind of slide - that he applies to all genres.“

8. Rromano Dives – Besena Rovena     4:03

Tirana, Rrethi i Tiranës, Albania
Astrit Qerimi (vocals), Marjeta Jashari (vocals), Halil Xhaferaj (violin), Nafael Tsaka (accordion), Ilir Xhambazi (clarinet), Jenuz Duka (percussion), Arban Furtuna (guitar), Shpëtim Rama (bouzouki, bass)

9. Kocani Orkestar – Romski Cocek     4:12

 Kočani orkestar also credited under the names: Kocani orkestar, Kocani Orchestra, Kochani orkestar and Kochani Orchestra is a Fyrom Romani brass band from Kočani, led till 2000 by Naat Veliov. Kočani orkestar are among the funkiest exponents of the Balkan brass band style which is found across ex-Yugoslavia and is a direct descendent of the music once played by Turkish army bands. They come from the city of Kočani, in Fyrom. Their music is based on Gypsy tunes from various parts of the Balkans and on Turkish rhythms, with a sprinkle of Latin flavour.

10. Taraf Mociu – Horea Oilor     3:34

I have no informations about them .

11. Abdullah & Gholam Sakhi – Lovesong From Herat     4:05

There are no notes about this artist.


12. Bratsch – Le Rindovani     4:49

 Bratsch are a French-based music ensemble using influences from Roma  music, klezmer, jazz and many diverse folk traditions. The group was formed in 1975 by guitarist Dan Gharibian and violinist Bruno Girard, and has released more than ten albums to date. The group is renowned for the diversity of its musical influences and for the virtuosity of its members and guest artists.

13. Angelo Debarre, Serge Camps, Frank Anastasio – Folklore Roumain 5:47
        Members : Angelo Debarre (guitar), Serge Camps (guitar), Frank Anastasio (double  bass)

Angelo Debarre (born on August 19, 1962) is a French [Romani people|Romani]] "gypsy jazz" guitarist.
Debarre was born in Saint-Denis, and began playing at age 8. In 1984 he started his first group, the Angelo Debarre Quintet. In 1985 they were hired by Serge Camps to play at his Parisian café La Roue Fleurie, where Angelo was discovered by the record producer/guitar player Jon Larsen.
Debarre has performed in several significant Romani and jazz festivals, including Birdland's annual Django Reinhardt Festival. He also recorded Mémoires: Memories of Django with Tchavolo Schmitt.

14. Titi Winterstein Quintett – Milko     4:01
        German gypsy jazz group.

Born in 1956, Titi Winterstein didn't waste too much time before he picked up his 1st violin, and by the age of fifteen was a fully swinging member of Hansche Weiss's Gypsy swing quintett

15. Jelem – Nevechernyaya     3:52
        Kosovo Roma
No info , no photos

16. Loyko – Gulya     5:48
        Russian gypsy trio

 "LOYKO" for a long time truely belongs to the world's violin elite. Living outside of Russia during 10 years, the "LOYKO" musicians performed and were recorded with such outstanding musicians such as Ronni Wood, "Rolling Stones". The greatest musicians of the century- Eugudi Menuhin and Gedon Kremer had invited "LOKO" multiple times to their concert programs and festivals such as "The World's Best Violinists", where "LOYKO" played with such geniuses as Stephan Grappelli, Ravi Shankar, Dr.Sumbramaniam, Ezma Radzhapova. The famous Austrian director Andre Heller had also invited "LOYKO" to the grandiose show MEGNETEN (Austria, Germany, Switzerland) which the "LOYKO" virtuoses had opened 200 times! By the opinion of the European Musical critics, "LOYKO", were titled the best group in World Music. In the year 2006 Sergey Erdenko was chosen as one of five best Gypsian musicians (Roma Opre), which had given a few combined concerts in Eastern Europe. "LOYKO" had let out more then 10 solo albums and DVDs in England, Russia, Germany, Belgium and Holland.

CD 2
1. Yiorgos Mangas – Gia Tous Anthropous Pou     5:28

Born at Theva 23- august - 1952 , coming from a musician family . His father was a famous clarinetist player . He started to play music all by his own at the age of five , playing flute and then clarinet . At the age of 18 he started to play with the most famous Greek traditional musicians all over the country . Then he became a famous virtuosisy of the clarinet , in many concerts all around the world (France , Belgium ,Germany , Spain )
He is the " Phenomenon " of Balkan Jazz . There are no informations about him in English in the Net . Why ? There are only some things about him in the Greek . Nothing else .
Contemporary Greek gypsy clarinetist, known for his unique interpretation of Balkan folk music. A real genius .

2. Goran Bregovic – Mesecina     4:02
        Bosnia and Herzegovina

3. Blehorkestar Bakija Bakic – Pobjednicki Cocek     3:52

4. Gabi Lunca & Ensemble Ion Onoriu – Vai, Ce Rau Ma Sint Acuma     6:54

The singer Gabi Lunca was in Asphalt Tango's excellent series mining the Electrecord vaults cherry picks her recordings from the 60s and 70s. Four selections here have already appeared on the pioneering compilation Gypsy Queens (Network, 1999), but if you're new to her charms, this will be quite a revelation.
Lunca's rich, melismatic wail is less feral and idiosyncratic than that of her contemporary Romica Puceanu (the star of Vol. 2 of this series), but has its own silky beauty that sinks in nicely after a couple of plays. She's masterfully backed on accordion by husband Ion Onoriu, who echoes and answers her phrases, almost constantly trailing her like an attentive – perhaps even a little possessive – lover. Not all the other instrumentalists could be identified, such as the wonderful fiddler who introduces Da, Mama, Cu Biciu-n Mine! with a short but spectacular solo, or the double bass player booming away resonantly throughout.

5. Kalyi Jag – Csilavtu     3:25
        Hungarian Romani folk music group

Kalyi Jag  is a Hungarian Romani folk music group.
The group was founded in Budapest by Vlach Roma members who originated from the Szatmár county. It had roots in the Táncház movement. They were named Young Masters of Folk Art in 1979.The first album was released in 1987 and became a success.
The music is based on traditional Romani music, primarily Vlach Roma music, with some modernization in the interpretations and the group has included instruments as the guitar and the mandolin.
Their music style inspired other Romani groups in Hungary. The group is popular in the Roma population in Hungary and neighbouring countries and has held concerts in many European countries.

6. Valerie Buchacova & Ensemble Horvathovci – Soven Tschawe Soven     4:41

No informations for this .
7. Pedro Bacan –     Por El Camino D'Egipto     5:30

8. Lida Goulesco & Schnuckenack Reinhardt Quintett – Moskovskija Okna  3:18
 Schnuckenack reinhardt quintett - sweet georgia brown 1973 written by ben bernie & maceo pinkard (music) and kenneth casey (lyrics) in 1926.
 Violin -- schnuckenack reinhardt. bass -- hajok merstein. guitar -- bobby falta, daweli reinhardt. guitar [rhythm] -- spatzo weiß. produc...

9. Loyko – Road Of The Gypsies     3:19
10. Rromano Dives – Gelem, Gelem     7:16
11. Vanessa & Sorba with Titi Winterstein Quintett – Swiodeschka     2:52
        Gypsy music group from Poland.

12. Matelo Ferret – Mademoiselle De Bucarest     2:03
Jean Matelot Ferret was born in 1918 in Rouen, France. The youngest of three brothers, he did not wait for adulthood to go to Paris, instead he ran away from home to follow his older brothers. He was at the time 13 years old and already skilled at the banjo and violin.
Soon he was playing every where in Paris, from the cabarets russes to the jazz clubs of Montparnasse – and of course the bals-musette. Matelot was a professional guitarist and was capable of playing in any environment.

13. Istanbul Oriental Ensemble – Roman Oyun Havasi     6:27
Formed in Turkey in 1991 by multi-instrumentalist Burhan Öçal, the Istanbul Oriental Ensemble has kept to its original goal of recreating the feel and styles of specifically Turkish and Thracian gypsy music. The Ensemble, with two percussionists, relies on the traditional lineup of clarinet, kanun (zither), oud, and violin for its melodies. Growing up in the village of Kirkareli, some 100 kilometers outside Istanbul, Öçal was exposed to gypsy music from an early age, and became a true convert to the sound when a gypsy group played at his circumcision ceremony when he was six years old. As an adult he established himself as a musician adept on the darbuka drum, oud, saz, and tanbur, playing with artists as varied as the Kronos Quartet and Joe Zawinul, and playing everything from classical music to jazz to drum'n'bass.

14. Musicians Of The Nile – Bitnadini Tani Lih  5:59
Musicians Of The Nile, The (English) or Les Musiciens Du Nil (French) is the name under which the famous Upper-Egyptian folk musician Metqāl Quenāwī Metqāl and his troupe was marketed in the west.
Metqāl plays southern Egyptian folk music locally known as Ṣaʿīdī (Upper-Egyptian) with the Rababa as its main instrument. For marketing purposes this music was in the West sometimes classified as gypsy music.

15. Suwa Devi Kalbelya – Kaman Song  4:08
Suwa Devi is radiant with beauty swirling in her black dress, embroidered with a thousand colours, as she does the cobra dance, the dance of the last jogi nat (nomads.) She is the first kalbelya dancer to have come to Europe.

Suwa Devi, dance
Gazi Khan Barna, karthal
Anwar Khan Manghaniyar and Bundhu Khan Langa, vocals
Ghewar Khan Manghaniyar, kamantché
Merhuddin Langa, sarangi and double flute
Firoze Khan Manghaniyar, dholak

16. Bratsch – Nane Tsora     4:18

CD 1  MP3 @ 320  - Size : 189 MB
CD 2  MP3 @ 320  - Size : 188 MB


  1. πολυ ενδιαφέρον αφιέρωμα Κωστα! και φαίνεται πως έχεις αφιερώσει πολύ χρόνο και μεράκι για να μαζέψεις όλες αυτές τις πληροφορίες για κάθε μουσικο\μπάντα.

    η αληθεια είναι πως παντα έβρισκα κάτι συναρπαστικό στην τσιγγάνικη μουσική, και ειδικά στα κομμάτια με μοναδικό όργανο, ή έστω βασικό, το βιολί. ως τωρα δυστυχώς δεν είχα ιδιαίτερη επαφή αλλά χάρη σε σένα θα αποκτήσω έστω μια γνώση για κάποια ενδιαφέροντα και αξιολογα ονοματα.

    σε ευχαριστω!

  2. Γεια σου ρε Βασούλα .