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Carol Silverman

Romani Routes

Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora
American Musicspheres

ÉditionLivre (édition brochée)
№ d’article769134
Auteur/CompositeurCarol Silverman
Portée438 pages; 15,6 × 23,5 cm
Date de parution2014
Éditions/ProducteurOxford University Press
№ de fabricantOUP 9780199358847


Over the past two decades, a steady stream of recordings, videos, feature films, and concerts has presented the music of European Gypsies, or Roma, to Western audiences, who have greeted them with exceptional enthusiasm. Yet, as author Carol Silverman notes, "Roma are revered as musicians and reviled as people."

In this book, Silverman introduces readers to the people and cultures who produce this music, offering a sensitive and incisive analysis of how Romani musicians function successfully within oppressive circumstances. Focusing on the Romani communities in southeastern Europe then moving to the diaspora communities, her book examines the music within these diverse Gypsy communities, the lives and careers of outstanding musicians, and the presentation of music in the electronic media and world music concert circuit. Silverman touches on the way that the Roma exemplify many qualities — rootlessness, cultural hybridity, transnationalism — that are taken to characterize late modern experience.

Rather than just celebrating these qualities, she presents the musicians as complicated, pragmatic individuals who work creatively within the many constraints that inform their lives. As both a performer and presenter of world music, Silverman has worked extensively with Romani communities for more than two decades both in their home countries and in the diaspora. At a time when the political and economic plight of European Roma and the popularity of their music are objects of international attention, Silverman's book is incredibly timely.


  • Figures and Charts
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes on Transliteration
  • About the Companion Website
  • Part I: Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Balkan Roma: History, Politics, and Performance
  • Chapter 2: Musical Styles and Genres
  • Chapter 3: Dilemmas of Diaspora, Hybridity, and Identity
  • Part II: Music in Diasporic Homes
  • Chapter 4: Transnational Families
  • Chapter 5: Transnational Celebrations
  • Chapter 6: Transnational Dance
  • Part III Music, States, and Markets
  • Chapter 7: Dilemmas of Heritage and the Bulgarian Socialist State
  • Chapter 8: Cultural Politics of Postsocialist Markets and Festivals
  • Chapter 9: Bulgarian Pop/Folk: Chalga
  • Part IV: Musicians in Transit
  • Chapter 10: Esma Redzepova: "Queen of Gypsy Music"
  • Chapter 11: Yuri Yunakov: Saxophonist, Refugee, Citizen
  • Chapter 12: Romani Music as World Music
  • Chapter 13: Collaboration, Appropriation, and Transnational Flows
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
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