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#3: VINTAGE ROMANI VOCAL MUSIC with Eva Salina

In which we discuss the thrills and perils of cultural exchange, the correct time of day to listen to songs that make you cry, and why brass band swagger is the international language.
 


 

FURTHER EXPLORATION:

* Listen to all the songs played on the show in their entirety over at the official ERER003 Youtube playlist!
* Look Eva up at EvaSalina.com!
* Did you wonder what Eva meant by
"Mendocino camp"?
* Consider these important vocabulary words!:

 

THE G-WORD:

As Eva says, "gypsy" is "a word in transition": yes, there are Roma people who use it, and you might even find some who don't mind if you use it too. But it's increasingly being seen as a slur based on its roots in a very long history of persecution. The word "gypsy" entered the English language as a short form of "Egyptian" - as in the Egyptians Act of 1530, which banned all members of "an outlandish people, calling themselves Egyptians" from England, or the subsequent Egyptians Act of 1554, which required that they abandon their "naughty, idle and ungodly life and company" or be put to death. All this and they didn't even "call themselves Egyptians" in the first place. You can see why this is not a positive association - and the persecution of Romani people, legal and extralegal, across Europe and throughout the world, has not particularly abated since the 16th century. Calling the people "Rom," "Roma" and "Romany/i" - and not using "gypsy" when we mean "carefree and artistic" - is an easy and important act of respect.

 

COVER STAR:

Šaban Bajramović in full heartthrob mode

 

SONGS PLAYED ON THE SHOW:


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