|June 2008: Šaban Bajramović, the "King of Gypsy music" died June 8th in Niš, Southern Serbia, he was 72 years of age.|
Among the last recordings made by the King of the Gypsies - Saban
The undisputed 'King of Gypsy Music' returns with an irresistible World class world music album. Saban and his band, the Volountary Blacksmith Society, fuse traditional gypsy songs with rhythms from the world over.
Producer Milos Jovanovic and project director Zoran Zivkovic have brought together some of the finest 'world music' artists in Eastern Europe along with living gypsy legend Saban Bajramovic to create something unique: a 'world music' classic, no less. Mixing jazz, latin, and soul with gypsy music they have created something new while still retaining that true gypsy spirit.
'We recorded songs for the world market, so that anyone who likes that rhythm could find himself. You will see – that’s it!'
This album is also highlighted with two other stars of world music – Vlatko Stefanovski (guitar) and Teodosi Spasov (kaval).
"Saban Bajramovic: For citizens of former Yugoslavia, Saban is, quite simply, the King of the Gypsies. His voice is an eerie instrument, capable of conveying great sorrow and beauty. As a songwriter - well, to the Roma he's Bob Dylan and James Brown in one, a man capable of singing 'last night, another beating from the police' with great conviction."
Garth Cartwright, The Independent newspaper
Audio CD: Saban Bajramovic - Romano Raj, Gipsy Paradise (CD407192)
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1. Kalav mange avera, I'll Take The Other One
2. Kamerav, I'm Dying
3. Bele ruže, The White Roses
4. Nevo berš, New Year
5. Đeli Mara, Mary's Gonne
6. Ajde manca, Come With Me
7. Devla, Devla, God Oh God
8. Geljan dade, You're Gone, Father
9. Parno gras, The White Horse
10. Kafava, Coffee
11. KP dom, Penitentiary
12. Duj dive, duj raca, Two Days, Two Nights
14. Sila kale bal, Her Hair is Black
15. Reci mi, Tell Me
16. Obršim perela caje, It's Raining, Girl
17. Pira mange korkoro, I'm Walking Alone
19. Vaker, vaker, Say, Say
20. Mi gili, Song About Me
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