GIPSY.CZ

GIPSY.CZ

 Prague, Hlavní Mesto Praha, CZE
BandWorldHip Hop

Internationally, the most successful Czech band of our times. A cheeky combination of hip hop, gipsy music, r'n'b, pop and many other influences, Gipsy.cz have been astounding people from Glastonbury to Ljubljana, from Lisbon through Kiev and on to Ulsan in Korea.

Biography

Internationally, the most successful Czech band of our times: A cheeky combination of hip hop, gipsy music, r'n'b, pop and many other influences, Gipsy.cz have been astounding people from Glastonbury to Ljubljana, from Lisbon through Kiev and on to Ulsan in Korea. Effervescent singer, rapper, composer and all-round entertainer Radoslav 'Gipsy' Banga, along with the experienced and famous Czech gipsy violinist and singer Vojta Lavicka, serve up this unique energy cocktail for your joy and pleasure, with more than just a little help from the young, traditionally schooled gipsy musicians, the Surmaj brothers.

Gipsy.cz exploded on to the Czech music scene in 2004 and the borders between world music, gypsy music, hip hop and pop were broken for the first time in the Czech Republic.

Radoslav Banga, aka 'Gipsy', was born in Prague where he lived as a street kid from the age of 13 and connected with hip-hop and rap. He has since risen to be the Ambassador of Minorities in CZ during the European Year of Equal Opportunities, 2007. After working with local bands like Syndrom Snopp, he developed his style of Romano hip-hop, combining Roma rhythms and language with the 200bpm music played by Balkan brass bands. In partnership with top Czech gypsy 'primas', violin maestro Vojta Lavicka, (ex: Alom, Deep Sweden..), and the two young brothers, Petr Surmaj (gtr, accordion) & Jan Surmaj (electric upright bass), he made a breakthrough as Gipsy.cz.

Gipsy has collaborated and performed with various well-known artists. He has played as a guest with the Boban Markovic Orkestar, shared the stage with GZA, rapped with Gogol Bordello, played the main Czech festivals, the Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin and made several concerts in Berlin's Kaffee Burger. In addition, he is a regular guest on Radio Multikulti/Funkhaus Europa. Mondomix magazine referred to him as “a new talent about to be discovered for the wider public.”

In 2006 Gipsy was nominated by The Academy of Popular Music at the Angel Awards 2005, the Czech version of The Grammy Awards, for the Best Album in Hip-Hop & R´n´B category. The following year, the band Gipsy.cz received two nominations: one for the Best Album in the World Music category and the other as a Best New Artist. They won the latter.

The band have covered the European concert circuit visiting Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany amongst others. In 2006, London foundation CM, www.cmsounds.com, which cooperates extensively with the band, organized guest club performances for the band in Brighton and at the Social in London, as well as at the Notting Hill Carnival. Also, thanks to CM, Gipsy.cz played the Pulse Festival in London, Bestival on the Isle Of Wight and appeared as the first Czech band ever at the Glastonbury festival in 2007.

The band has also received a warm and enthusiastic reception at other well known European events like Dunya Festival in Rotterdam, Music Meeting in Nijmegen, Mundial Festival in Tillburg and on the Kontrabanda Festival Tour of the Netherlands in Den Haag, Eindhoven and Amsterdam’s Paradiso. Other venues and events where Gipsy.cz has triumphed include the Couleur Cafe in Brussels (BE), Colours of Ostrava and Rock For People (CZ), Pohoda in Trencin (SK), Sziget Festival in Budapest (HU), Viertelfest in Bremen (DE) and Ulsan World Music Festival (KR).

On the first Gipsy.cz album, 'Romano Hip Hop', released on Indies Scope Records (www.indies.eu), you can hear the irony and humour of the rapper, Romany musicality and pop finesse, an energetic synthesis of the players’ experiences of music and life. Gipsy.cz created their own original sound and space where genuine traditional music and hip-hop meet.

The title song of 'Romano Hip Hop' was chosen as a ‘Song of the Year’ by readers of Czech music magazine Filter and became the most played track on the official Czech radio chart IFPI in April 2007, the best position ever reached by a world music singer or band in Czech Republic. The CD Romano Hip Hop also found success abroad, hitting the top ten in the World Music Charts Europe in May 2007. In March 2007, the song Jednou (Once), off this same debut album, was included on the Gypsy Groove compilation on the american label Putumayo.

'Reprezent', the second album, is a further development on Gipsy.cz’s 'romano hip-hop' style which mixes elements of hip-hop, rap, pop, R&B and traditional Romani music. Gipsy.cz have gone from strength to strength and have been through many rewarding experiences since the successful release of their debut ‘gold’ album 'Romano Hip Hop'. 'Reprezent' is peppered with strong melodic motifs and Gipsy.cz augment their traditional attributes of freshness, grace, humour and originality with a genuine concern for social issues of our times. These themes run throughout the entire album. As Gipsy says, “We decided on selecting songs with an actual ‘message’.” In expressing these sentiments, the band both confr

Lyrics

Tajsa

Written By: Radoslav "Gipsy" Banga

Ulica èuèi, švetlos naranèuno
The romengero rat hin šajipen, avá urdo!
Gadžen soven, so džanen pre pharo šero?
So džanen pre bengi rat? Ajse èiten! Sar o mulo..

Džas te èorel o tajsa, tajsa.
Som more more kaj sal, kaj sal?

Ulica èuèi, švetlos naranèuno
The romengero rat hin šajipen, avá urdo!
Gadžen soven, so džanen pre pharo šero?
So džanen pre bengi rat? Ajse èiten! Sar o mulo..
Hin hinos, Del dikhel, Beng užarel pre amen
Ko autorita? Tumen, na..
Džas te èorel le tajsa, tajsa,
Som more more kaj sal?

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Džas te èorel o tajsa, tajsa,
Som more more kaj sal?
Odmukes mange o Del, som chalo, som budžando,
Odmukes choèsar...na na na..

Džas te èorel o bacht, èorikano,
Kajèa èaèikano, avava barikano, manušano
Vièinav tumen, av arde, razinen!
Kada lav - hin - šaj - pre dareso aver
Kamav, kaj te dikhen mire voïi
Sar kamel te kerel aver..

Tromav, na darav, avava korkoro
The me džanav oda him tromaïipen..

Šaj èudalinas tumen vaš èudos
Chevalo pointos, al´je av manca, more
Džanen sar te dživel tajsa, darmo
Tu na aveha šoha igen parno

Džas te èorel o tajsa, o thagaripen, thagaripen!
Džas te èorel o tajsa, avri hin kuèibeeeeen…

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Džas te èorel o tajsa...

Romano Hip Hop

Written By: Radoslav "Gipsy" Banga

Romano hip-hop
Èip hop, èip set
Na mikrofonu Gipsy.cz
V rytmu poï, a? už ´si Rom
Anebo ne, tancujte savore! Hah
Piki piki piki piki piki pom!
Chci, aby každej vìdìl, že ´sem Rom!
Že má kapela je romská, tmavá
Že hraje èernì a že to èernì dává
Tak pojï, èip hop, poï s náma
Nám je jedno, jestli si gádža
Však dokonalej vole není nikdo
O tom je celej romano hip-hop
Hop, èip, mám tady tip
Tancuj, more, nebo budeš bit
Tancuj more, celej den
Hey, všichni, a teï refrén

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Hop, hop, èip, èit…
Romano hip-hop in the house…
…………..

Tu sal gádžo, mange jekh
Hey, de mange baro jack
Amenavas te bašavel
O Bela Bela Bela Avel!
Lavutaris, house pekel pes
Mikrofonos, rapos romanes!
Ale taky èesky, hezky
A muzika, ne jen mrtvý desky

Te dikhes bokhale manušes
De les te chal, èi jel laèho
Te dikhes bokhale manušes
De les te chal, až už je cigán nebo gádžo

Tak pamatuj, jak to chutná
Když èerná muzika je hutná
Áha, teï je konec sloky…
Tak jó, refrén…

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Discography

Ya Favourite CD Rom (Paranormalz, 2003)
Romano Hip Hop (Indies Scope Records, 2006)
Reprezent (Indies Scope Records, 2008)

Set List

60-90 minutes