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Vintage Roma Pop Music from Tito's Yugoslavia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:50 am
by Phil Knox
Hi All,

Myself and a friend have been working for the past year on a project with the aim of releasing a compilation of vintage Roma Gypsy pop music from the former Yugoslavia. We travelled out to Macedonia, Serbia, and Bosnia last year to meet some of the artists and to collect old vinyls from the golden age of pop. Not only did we find amazing rarities by the old favourites like Esma Redzepova and Saban Bajramovic, we also dug out forgotten gems like Trajko Ajdarevic Tahir and Neat Gashi.

After lots of sweat and blood, we're finally getting closer to making the record a reality. At the moment, we're trying to scrape together the money to pay the rights and production costs. Since the musicians will never see the money that goes to the labels for the rights, we're also trying to get a surplus so we can pay the surviving musicians or their families when we can track them down

We're using Kickstarter to generate the money: it's also a good platform for letting people learn a little more about the project. If you're interested in getting involved or supporting us (and also hearing a little of the music!) check out our video here - ... os-yugosla

We're also running a fundraiser night on 20 September at The Book Club in Shoreditch. It's called "Radio Romani" and will feature some of our ultra-rare Yugoslav Roma Pop vinyls, along with contemporary Roma and Balkan brass and rarities, with a little Turkish music thrown in for good measure. We'll be helped out at the night by the wonderful Garth Cartwright (author of the fabulous Princes Amongst Men). The venue have set up a Facebook event for the night here - ... ser_joined

You can also find out more on our website -

I hope you'll come and join us on the 20th, or if you're not based in London, that you'll enjoy checking out our video and learning more about our project.

Finally, any support you could offer via our Kickstarter page would be massively appreciated.


Phil Knox

Re: Vintage Roma Pop Music from Tito's Yugoslavia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:58 am
by garth cartwright
I'll simply add that I met these youngsters and they have discovered amazing caches of "lost" vinyl and are going to do a great job with the compilation. I've signed up for their Kickstarter campaign - the first I've done so. I wish them well and believe this will be a great album.

Re: Vintage Roma Pop Music from Tito's Yugoslavia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:40 am
by Phil Knox
Cheers Garth!

I should add that there's also a Facebook page and even a Twitter account where you can keep track of how we're doing (if you're into that sort of thing):


Re: Vintage Roma Pop Music from Tito's Yugoslavia

PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:27 pm
by gary booth
With hours to spare Phil & Nat made their Kickstarter target and the record will be made and released by March 2013 - Congratulations!

Re: Vintage Roma Pop Music from Tito's Yugoslavia

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:48 am
by NormanD
Posted via Kickstarter:

Project Update

"So, it's been a while coming - and a huge thank you to all for your patience - but we are pleased to announce that 'Stand Up, People' has got a release date - we've actually gone and done it,and the album will be out in the last week of May!

As you know, we spent December in the Balkans, making the final selection of tracks and getting them digitised - with just enough time for on-the-scenes wrangling with record labels and meetings with local musicians, writers and Roma rights activists who shared their stories of cultural life in Tito's Yugoslavia... and a few glasses of rakija along the way!

We've kept up the hard work since, and, at last and hot of the press, we have the full set of the final, mastered tracks, all of which have been - and I can't stress this enough! - beautifully restored by our man Frank at his Carvery Studios in London.

You can listen to teaser on our new SoundCloud page by clicking here*... we hope you'll enjoy it!

Meanwhile, design work is coming alone fast and looking brilliant, and translations of the lyrics are almost there - so expect another update with some choice snippets of these (and maybe another audio teaser) in the very near future!

Thanks again for the patience and the support, and make sure to check out 'Stand Up, People' on Facebook here for more on our progress!

Massively looking forward to sending you out the albums in May!

Vlax Records (Phil and Nat)"

* ... ple-teaser

Re: Vintage Roma Pop Music from Tito's Yugoslavia

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:46 pm
by Janet M
Appetite well whetted! It sounds like a splendid project and well done to all concerned. I look forward to the finished result.

Re: Vintage Roma Pop Music from Tito's Yugoslavia

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:05 pm
by Gordon Neill
Aha! I've been looking forward to this, and it's almost arrived in my local Amazon. 3rd June release date. But already there are the usual sound clips and already they sound unusually good to my ears. I shall form a queue and be ready with my pocket money..... ... +People%27


Re: Vintage Roma Pop Music from Tito's Yugoslavia

PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:21 pm
by NormanD
Hope you're not still waiting in the queue to buy this one, Gordon.

It really is a good compilation - every track's a winner. Don't hesitate - buy a copy a.s.a.p., only so many were printed and a re-run may take time.

The compilers - Phil and Nat - are guests on our next No Reason podcast, talking about how they put the album together, sourced the songs, arranged clearance, struggled with the post-Tito bureaucracy, and drank brandy. Nat chooses one of the tracks as his 'sublime moment', and they've kindly given us a copy (it's the double vinyl LP version) to give as a prize to one lucky listener. More soon.....