Lema Lema: Eva Salina Sings Šaban Bajramović is an amazing recording of Balkan Romani (Gypsy) music that’s filled with contradiction and paradox.
Šaban Bajramović was the king of Balkan Romani music in the 1960s and 1970s. Apparently a larger-than-life, somewhat outlaw figure, Bajramović recorded music that continues to resonate in the world of Serbian music today, both in its homeland and throughout the diaspora in Brooklyn, in Australia, and who knows where else. Eva Salina is an American who grew up in that hotbed of Balkan culture, Santa Cruz, California! As a young child she was fascinated with the music of other cultures, and happened upon a teacher of Balkan songs. She also was lucky enough to have parents who encouraged her, even allowing her to travel to the Balkans to study the music at the age of 12.
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