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

November 25, 2009

Las Tres Mil Viviendas de Sevilla

Filed under: clips,flamenco — Dos Lunares @ 11:56 pm

Trailer for Polígono Sur

For hundreds of years, Gitanos in Sevilla lived in a neighborhood called Triana alongside the Guadalquivir river. Some of the most beautiful and intense Flamenco was created here amongst the culturally rich Gitanos. The Spanish authorities and developers eyed their enviable location with dollar signs in their eyes and as with happens with gentrification around the world, the Gitano community was flung to the outskirts of the city to live in government created high-rise housing. In this foreboding place they attempted to carry-on the traditions they practiced for hundreds of years but unfortunately the geography of the area made this difficult. (There is a well-known story of the man who would take his donkey up and down the elevator.) One tradition that did survive is Flamenco. The name of this place? Polígono Sur or Las Tres Mil Viviendas de Sevilla.

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November 22, 2009

Favorite Video of the Week: Cigány tánc (Gypsy dance)

Filed under: clips,Romani — Dos Lunares @ 9:41 am

From the description: Archival film of Gypsy dances from the village of Királyháza.

Happy Sunday!

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August 30, 2009

Favorite Video of the Week: Romano Horo

Filed under: clips,General,Romani — Dos Lunares @ 4:51 pm

Esma Redžepova-Romano horo

Charming song by Esma, Queen of the Gypsies. I love the 60s tropical flourishes, the background vocals, the bongos and of course, Esma’s gorgeous voice.

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August 27, 2009

Gelem Gelem

Filed under: clips,Romani — Dos Lunares @ 10:19 pm

Gelem Gelem sung by Jaroslav Godla

What a gorgeous performance of this beautiful song! Gelem Gelem or Djelem Djelem is the official anthem of Romani people worldwide.

From the website

Written by Zarko Jovanovic, 1969
Adopted as the official Romani anthem at the First World Romani Congress in London, England, April 8, 1971


Djelem, djelem, lungone dromensa
Maladilem baxtale Romensa
Djelem, djelem, lungone dromensa
Maladilem baxtale Romensa.
Ay, Romale, Ay, Chavale,
Ay, Romale, Ay, Chavale.
Ay Romale, katar tumen aven
Le tserensa baxtale dromensa
Vi-man sas u bari familiya
Tai mudardya la e kali legiya.
Aven mansa sa lumiake Roma
Kai putaile le Romane droma
Ake vryama – ushti Rom akana
Ame xutasa mishto kai kerasa.
Ay, Romale, Ay Chavale,
Ay, Romale, Ay Chavale.

English translations of the lyrics by Ron Lee

I have travelled over long roads
I have met fortunate Roma
I have travelled far and wide
I have met lucky Roma
Oh, Romani adults, Oh Romani youth
Oh, Romani adults, Oh Romani youth
Oh, Roma, from wherever you have come
With your tents along lucky roads
I too once had a large family
But the black legion murdered them
Come with me, Roma of the world
To where the Romani roads have been opened
Now is the time – stand up, Roma,
We shall succeed where we make the effort.
Oh, Roma adults, Oh, Roma youth
Oh, Roma adults, Oh, Roma youth.


Here’s a website dedicated to Gelem, Gelem with many different versions of the song.

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August 2, 2009

International Remembrance Day of Roma Victims of the Pharraimos (Holocaust)

Filed under: clips,Romani — Dos Lunares @ 9:47 am

Romani holocaust survivor Margita Makulová singing Auschwitz.

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July 29, 2009

Latcho drom

Filed under: clips,flamenco,Romani — Dos Lunares @ 10:50 am

La vie manouche

Beautiful video with music by Django Reinhardt!

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June 25, 2009

Bernarda y Diego

Filed under: clips,flamenco — Dos Lunares @ 9:32 pm

An amazing tientos with two of Flamenco’s finest. This clip is notable for the facial expressions Bernarda makes, que gitana!

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