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June 1999

Various Artists
The Gypsy Road
Alula Records

Gypsy music is gaining momentum in music outlets of late, thanks to such recent releases as the Taraf de Haidouks album recently put out by Nonesuch. In other domestically available gypsy recording news, The Gypsy Road (Alulu 1013; 65:41) is a fine place to start appreciating this nomadic and important musical lifeblood. The culture of the Gypsy world-or "Roma," a less pejorative term the people often espouse-is an inherently itinerant one, making compilations like this one a worldly musical tour.

This fine compilation includes a track from Taraf de Haidouks, the electrifying Romanian group featured in the documentary Latcho Drom, and also a tune by Yuri Yunakov's Ensemble. There is more: the French Thierry Robin and Energipsy, Hungarian Kalyi Jag and Ando Drom, the flamenco-esque sounds of the Spanish Gerardo Nunez and Casta, the Russian Loyko, and the Indian Musafir, closing the album with indigenously Indian sonorities. The underlying message here has to do with the collective and individual spirit of a people, transcending stigma through, among other things, musical will.

Originally published in June 1999
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