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12-7-08 Saban Bajramovic – Djelem Djelem

Posted by Sean on December 7, 2008

I agree, Shanoah. There’s something about “traditional” and “ethnic” music that I find lacking in modern music. Case in point: another guy off of Gypsy Caravan, Saban Bajramovic.

Bajramovic led quite a life, deserting the army at 19 for love of a woman and being sentenced for 5 and a-half years at a Yugoslavian prison on the island of Goli Otok. That’s where he gained much of his musical training.

He was quite a superstar for a while, from what I understand. But people kept stealing his songs, and by 2008 he was living in poverty and unable to walk from health problems in his hometown of Nis, Serbia. He died earlier this year, on June 8.

This is one of his songs, Djelem Djelem. It’s the Roma anthem, composed by him in 1964 and with new lyrics by Zarko Jovanovic. I’m not sure what movie this is from. But I’m pretty sure it’s not a set.

Remember, the Roma are still a persecuted people. They were the third most numerous victims of the Nazi Holocaust, with anywhere between 220,000 to 500,000 killed. And it continues today: Italy started fingerprinting Roma merely for the crime of being Roma in July.

It’s one of those things that I still don’t get, like hatred of Jews. I mean, how can you believe any of the myths about them once you’ve listened to their music?

Courtesy of CocaineBaron.

Lyrics courtesy of Wikipedia.

I went, I went on long roads
I met happy Roma
O Roma where do you come from,
With tents on happy roads?

O Roma, O fellow Roma

I once had a great family,
The Black Legions murdered them
Come with me Roma from all the world
For the Roma roads have opened
Now is the time, rise up Roma now,
We will rise high if we act

O Roma, O fellow Roma

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