Goran Bregovic, the Balkans' greatest advocate of modern gypsy music, says 'this concert is in reaction to the extreme pressure that Gypsies (Roma) have been experiencing lately across Europe (expelled from France and Italy, houses burned in Hungary, beaten in Serbia).
'My album is meant to remind us of our favourite gypsy musicians, who left their mark on popular culture around the world, be they unknown gypsies on your street corner, Charlie Chaplin, Mother Teresa, Elvis Presley or Django Reinhardt...
'Gypsies are not a problem of this world - they have always been one of the talents of this world. In this concert I pay a toast to their talent which has inspired composers across the centuries.'
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