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The Best Romani Bands/Artists

Updated June 14, 2019 207 votes 70 voters 10.5k views15 items

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Roma music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List includes any good roma music band label, album and biographical information when available if you click on the names. This list of the top roma music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Roma music groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all roma music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest roma music bands of all time, since the most famous roma music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best roma music music.

You can click on the roma music band names to see more information about that particular notable roma music group. If they're near the top of the best roma music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top roma music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the roma music band names themselves.

This list below has a variety of artists, like Gogol Bordello and Django Reinhardt, in it. Vote for the best artists on the list and see them rise to the top. This list includes artists like O'Death and Gilles Apap so you have a lot of choices to vote on.

All important, significant and iconic names in roma music music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new roma music bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of roma music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into roma music music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good roma music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent roma music bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best roma music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest roma music musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular roma music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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  • Esma Redžepova-Teodosievska (Macedonian: Есма Реџепова-Теодосиевска Macedonian pronunciation: [ˈɛsma rɛˈd͡ʒɛpɔva tɛɔdɔˈsiɛfska]; 8 August 1943 – 11 December 2016) was a Macedonian vocalist, songwriter, and humanitarian of Romani ethnicity. Because of her prolific repertoire, which includes hundreds of songs, and because of her contribution to Roma culture and its promotion, she was nicknamed Queen of the Gypsies.She started to sing while she was a teenager in the 1950s, and her career spans over five decades. Her musical success was closely linked to her marriage with Stevo Teodosievski, who was a composer, arranger and director of a musical ensemble, the Ansambl Teodosievski. He wrote many...  more
    • Genres (Music): Romani music
    • Albums: Songs of a Macedonian Gypsy, Chaje Shukarije, Nasvalji So Uljom, Esma Queen of the Gypsies: Macedonian Songs, Gypsy Carpet
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    Šaban Bajramović (Serbian Cyrillic: Шабан Бајрамовић, Serbian pronunciation: [ʃǎban bajrǎːmɔʋitɕ], Romani: Shaban Bajramovičh; 16 April 1936 – 8 June 2008), nicknamed Šabi (Шаби), was a Serbian vocalist and recording artist of Romani ethnicity. He was one of the most internationaly critically acclaimed Romani musicians. Due to his eminent impact on music in Eastern Europe, he was dubbed the "King of Romani music".In his career, which spanned over four decades, he recorded 50 singles and 20 albums, and he is believed to have composed 700 compositions....  more
    • Genres (Music): Romani music, World music, Jazz, Blues
    • Albums: Kralj Romske Muzike, Herdelezi, Pijanica & Ciganski kralj, gypsy king of serbia, Private
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    Kal is a world music Romani band from Serbia. They attracted Serbian and worldwide public interest with their eponymous debut album, released in 2006, presenting a blend of traditional Balkan Roma music with influences of Tango, Middle Eastern, Turkish and even Jamaican influences. Kal was formed in 1996, and they participated in several compilation album with other Roma, Serbian and world music performers. Their first national TV appearance was in a B92 show Timofejev in New Year's Eve 2006, where they presented their unique style. During 2006, Kal toured over a hundred concerts worldwide, including most of the European countries and United States. They participated in Sziget Festivals, La...  more
    • Genres (Music): Romani music, World music
    • Albums: Kal, Radio Romanista
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    Jean Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) stage name Django Reinhardt (French: [dʒãŋɡo ʁɛjnaʁt] or [dʒɑ̃ɡo ʁenɑʁt]), was a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer, regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. He was the first jazz talent to emerge from Europe and remains the most significant.With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt formed the Paris-based Quintette du Hot Club de France in 1934. The group was among the first to play jazz that featured the guitar as a lead instrument. Reinhardt recorded in France with many visiting American musicians, including Coleman Hawkins and Benny Carter, and briefly toured the United States with Duke...  more
    • Genres (Music): Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz, Continental jazz, Jazz
    • Albums: The Complete Django Reinhardt and Quintet of the Hot Club of France Swing/HMV Sessions 1936-1948, Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, Crazy Rhythm, Parisian Swing

    #30 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time#2 of 135 The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time#416 of 816 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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