Šun phrala (Listen, Brother)

Šun phrala (Listen, Brother)

This is one of many Roma folk songs director Ružena Klemparova learned in her childhood from her musician father.  It’s origins are unknown.  While many of those songs are about love, others like this one are about sadness and the hard realities of everyday...
Džal džal (“There He Goes”)

Džal džal (“There He Goes”)

When we hear a Roma pop song and ask someone what the song’s about, we usually get a confident, straightforward answer:  [Shrug] Love!  Romantic love is one of the simple joys that can be found in the difficulties of daily life – that’s why it’s...
Šukar Jakha (Beautiful Eyes)

Šukar Jakha (Beautiful Eyes)

The song Šukar Jakha (Beautiful Eyes) is one of countless Roma folk songs whose author and origin is unknown. It’s a simple song with themes that abound in Roma folk music – love and dancing. Recorded here by the Galakticka Children’s Choir, it follows a typical Roma...