Romani Studies

'Bahtalo Te-avel Tumaro Ges!': Contestation and negotiation of Romani identity and nationalism through musical standardisation during the Stara Zagora Romani Festival

Romani Studies (2006), 16, (1), 1–30.

Abstract

The article traces the changes in Romani music production in recent years in Bulgaria. More particularly, it focuses on the Festival for Romani Music and Song in Stara Zagora. An elite perspective is presented on music standardisation as part of a larger process in Romani nationalism to build a unified and respectable culture. Nevertheless, some aspects of the hybridisation of Romani music are observed at the popular level. The question is to what extent a high music standard can co-exist with such examples of music polylinguism.

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Georgieva, Nadezhda