Long awaited fiery Gypsy music first brought to a mix of East European Roma and Scottish audience, both starving for traditional and modern Gypsy musical flavours throughout the coronavirus pandemic, finally kick started the series of Roma Nights post pandemic by Ando Glaso at the Rum Shack in Glasgow. The unique event in the heart of Govanhill in Glasgow is the very first Gypsy party since the outbreak in the UK that gathered fans and participants both from England and Scotland.
‘ZOR’ (meaning 'power' in Romani Gypsy language), a group of young Slovak/Czech Roma musicians was the first to amaze the audience with modern Gypsy beats.
'Romane Cierhenia' (meaning Roma stars), a group of Polish Roma musicians and dancers, had the audience travel back to the past of Roma culture through their breathtaking performance.
The ‘Ando Glaso Collective’ closing the Roma Night was a complete mind switch. It's just not possible to stay seated when it's their turn. Similarly to their recent performance at the biggest Gypsy horsefair in the world in Appleby, England, they lit the stage in Glasgow as well which has become their home town over the years. They gather some of the best musicians from Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland and the fusion of Gypsy music living in Central and Eastern Europe blended with some Western European Gypsy genres has poured the Gypsy spirit in everyone on the dance floor.
Tamas Ferencz, professional dancer and Janos Kallai, cimbalom virtuoso, two special guests also joined performers on stage. For many it was the first time to learn Gypsy dance moves or to enjoy the magical sounds stirred by the cimbalom.
In order to avoid missing out on the professional Gypsy music and dance shows showcasing talent from Eastern Europe, Roma from Manchester and London also attended. "We all needed a proper Gypsy shake up after the many lockdowns we endured and celebrating our culture with Roma and non-Roma at the same time is the most fulfilling way to do that. We are very delighted to have taken part and we can’t wait for the next show", says Juice Vamosi, founder of KaskoSan.org Roma Charity in the North of England.
Janos Lang, founder of AndoGlaso.org, the first charity to promote Roma culture in the U.K. and main organiser of the 'Roma Night' events added: "Gypsy music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe is still unknown to the local cultural scene in the U.K. and whoever gets a taste of it will fall in love with it straight away. We are constantly being chased for more. These events are meant to add Gypsy colours to the mainstream British culture. We aim to tackle the cultural deprivation of Roma people and provide opportunities for the mainstream society to meet and view our communities from a new and positive angle. To achieve that, we have a wide range of activities planned for fans. Stay tuned for more!"