Dos Lunares investigates and promotes the intersections between Flamenco and Romani/Gypsy culture through printed matter, film nights, and special events.

June 28, 2009

Boda Gitano

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Ajuntamiento Gitano en Navalmoral de la Mata, Caceres

Spanish TV show Callejero takes a look at a Gitano wedding or “ajuntamiento.”

Dos familias, Los Vargas y los Perea, se dan cita en una finca de la localidad cacereña para celebrar el ajuntamiento –que no boda- de Jesús y Samara. En este ajuntamiento no hay “prueba del pañuelo” porque Samara no llegó virgen al matrimonio, pero sí hay “manzana”, el momento en el que los invitados hacen su regalo a los novios, en forma de billetes

More from the Caceres wedding

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April 22, 2009

Naci en el Alamo

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Remedios Silva Pisa-Naci en el Alamo. Extended interview in French with filmmaker Tony Gatliff following video.

Like many, I first became acquainted to this song through the movie Vengo. It plays a pivotal role in one of the scenes and the songs perfectly echoes the heartache and loss that permeates this film. After the movie was released, many folks became obsessed with finding out more information about the singer Remedios Silva Pisa. Unfortunately, not much was available except for the rumor she recorded this song at age 16. I’ve recently tried to do a bit more research on her but have had little luck beyond what others have uncovered.

I did discover the song is originally a Greek Romani song called O balamos , balamos and was originally sung in the Greek Gypsy dialect. The title of the song eventually became known as, “To tragoudi ton gyfton,” The song of the Gypsies.

Giorgos Katsaris – To tragoudi twn gyftwn(mpalamo)

Some claim the song was composed in 1992 by Dionysis Tsaknis and performed by many famous Greek singers such George Dalaras , Paschalis Terzis, Eleni Vitali , Manolis Lidakis and the composer himself. Others say the song was originally released by an unknown singer called Yorgos Katsaris.

Yasmin Levy-Naci en el Alamo

Another popular version is by the Sephardic singer, Yasmin Levy. Yasmin’s father was Itzhak Levi, director of the Judeo-Spanish program at Kol Israel (Israel National Radio) for many years. She is well-known for her bridge building work between Jews and Arabs.

Ο Mπαλαμός – Eλένη Βιτάλη/Haig Yazdjian

Another beautiful Greek version.

No tengo lugar
Y no tengo paisaje
Yo menos tengo patria

Con mis dedos hago el fuego
Con mi corazon te canto
Las cuerdas de mi corazon lloran

Naci en alamo
Naci en alamo
No tengo lugar
Y no tengo paisaje
Yo menos tengo patria

Ay cuando canta(n), con tus dolores nuestras mujeres te hechizan

*Everywhere the title is “Naci en Alamo” but alamo could be the Gitano pronunciation of “Naci en el amor.”

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March 13, 2009

Dos Lunares in San Francisco!

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Dos Lunares will once again have a small selection of Roma and Flamenco related books for sale at the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair. If you live in the area, please come stop by for a visit!

The 14th annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair is happening this weekend at the
San Francisco County Fair Building (Golden Gate Park near Ninth Avenue and
Lincoln Way).

Due to popular demand and continually increasing turnout (last year there
were over 5000 people), the bookfair now extends to two days:

–Saturday (March 14), 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
–Sunday (March 15), 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission is free.

Thanks to Bureau of Public Secrets for the text and info.

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February 16, 2008

Welcome to Dos Lunares 2008!

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Welcome to Dos Lunares!
This a personal, not-for-profit project dedicated to educating, informing, sharing and learning about music of the Romani diaspora with a specific focus on Flamenco.
While many people think of Flamenco as primarily a dance, it should be noted it is much more than just dance, it is a lifestyle and unique cultural expression born from the rich history of Andalucia.

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Favorite Flamenco Video of the Week: La Macanita

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La Macanita sings bulerias

This is from the series ‘Rito y Geografia del Cante.’ Que arte!

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