‘Ederlezi’ Collection

A song, which includes whole story of the Gypsies…  It has became  famous by Emir Kustarica’s movie, Time of the Gypsies (1988)

Ederlezi that word is thought to be a variation of  Hıdırellez in Anatolia and Kurdistan. It is a feast day like Nouroz (or Newroz). Nouroz and Hıdırellez both symbolizes the beginning of new season. Nouroz  repressents in 21 March, while Hıdırellez in 5 May.

And that song. I think it is like a secret Anthem of the Gypsies. It depicts Gypsy’s sad story.  Now look at its lyrics and then listen to Ederlezi Collection by various musiciens.:

Ederlezi’s lyrics in Romani and its translation in English:

Sa me amala oro khelena      (All my friends are dancing the oro)
Oro khelena, dive kerena     (Dancing the oro, celebrating the day)
Sa o Roma daje                (All the Roma, mommy)
Sa o Roma babo babo      (All the Roma, dad, dad)
Sa o Roma o daje             (All the Roma, oh mommy)
Sa o Roma babo babo      (All the Roma, dad, dad)
Ederlezi, Ederlezi            (Ederlezi, Ederlezi)
Sa o Roma daje             (All the Roma, mommy)

Sa o Roma babo, e bakren chinen    (All the Roma, dad, slaughter lambs)
A me, chorro, dural beshava         (But me, poor, I am sitting apart)
Romano dive, amaro dive             (A Romany day, our day)
Amaro dive, Ederlezi                   (Our day, Ederlezi)

E devado babo, amenge bakro     (They give, Dad, a lamb for us)
Sa o Roma babo, e bakren chinen      (All the Roma, dad, slaughter lambs)
Sa o Roma babo babo                        (All the Roma, dad, dad)
Sa o Roma o daje                       (All the Roma, oh mommy)
Sa o Roma babo babo           (All the Roma, dad, dad)
Ederlezi, Ederlezi                (Ederlezi, Ederlezi)
Sa o Roma daje                    (All the Roma, mommy)

Now lets listen to some musicien who sing it… I made a collection of Ederlezi:

Beirut’s Ederlezi: American music band Beirut has performed it. I like it they did a great work…

Besa Kokedhima’s Ederlezi: Albanian singer also has performed it. That shows that Ederlezi is a common value in all Balkans.

Dikanda’s Ederlezi Koncert w Piwnicy Kana Szczecin: Polish music band also performed it very good.

Maria Deligianni’s Ederlezi: Deligianni is also a Balkani, who performed Ederlezi.

Avela’s Ederlezi: That would be great for a countryside wedding ceremony… I imagine dancing villager by it…

Edna’s Ederlezi:

Jennifer Crestol’s Ederlezi:

Nigel Kennedy’s Ederlezi: British singer has also performed Ederlezi.

Goran Bregovic’s Ederlezi: I wanted to make the final with the most important one. Goran Bregovic played a great role in making that song such popular….

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8 Responses to ‘Ederlezi’ Collection

  1. Ronald Long says:

    seeing that you’re researched this piece….I heard a version about a 8 months ago – 2 women (may not have been ethnic Macedonians), accompanied by what sounded to me like Macedonian bitov instrumentation (definitely a Macedonian (rather than Bulgarian) kaval). At least 10 minutes long. Have searched through youtube and google with no success. Would love to find this recording, if you know anything about it.

    thanks

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  2. Dogania says:

    hello ronald. i dont know which one you are talking about. if you can find it, could you share it also with us. i will search, as well.
    thanks.

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  3. Dogania says:

    Can it be the band Nomadiqa? They also sing it. But the song named different in their album. Here is the music. If it is correct, please inform. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w45D4HMYALs&amp

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  4. Dogania says:

    Or as you said two girls, it may be this one:

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  5. ronald says:

    thank you for searching. Neither of these are the version I heard. The singing from Nomadiqa has a similar vocal quality, but the background instrumentation definitely included a Macedonian kaval (or possibly a Turkish ney), the “pace” of the recording was much slower, and it was 10-15 minutes long.

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  6. Ulrich says:

    Here is a record from the Klezmer-Band “Schmackes” from Darmstadt/ Germany accompanied by an accordeon-orchestra

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