Friday, February 13, 2015

Latcho Drom: Bande Originale Du Film by Tony Gatlif original soundtrack

This soundtrack from the stunning film by writer/director Tony Gatlif, Latcho Drom, is a first-class introduction to the story of Gypsy music and culture. Tracing a chronological 1,000-year-old path of Gypsy migration from Rajasthan to Spain, these 18 tracks contain a myriad of different styles from the Indian subcontinent, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and the flamenco Gypsies of Barcelona. Many well-respected acts like Taraf de Haidouks and Hasam Yarim are featured as well as many unknown but extremely talented Gypsy artists. 

Whereas the film paints a picture of a struggling society, the collected music illustrates the resilience of these outcasts, with the majority of tracks being effervescent dance music echoing many cultures. There are reflections of tragedy and sadness, notably from Romania, but these are more than balanced by rocking Balkan block parties, Turkish cabaret, and French guitarists swinging as hard as Django Reinhardt. --Derek Rath

1. Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli I
2. Oh Kesario Hazari Gul Ro Phool
3. Kaman Garo Kanhaji
4. Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli II
5. Bambi Saidi
6. Ya Dorah Shami
7. Istanbul Drom
8. Hicaz Dolap Rom
9. Balada Conducatorolui
10. Rind De Hore
11. Cigany Himnusz
12. Gili (Bega Sitya)
13. Auschwitz
14. Kali Sara
15. Tchavolo Swing
16. Ramona
17. El Pajaro Negro
18. Latcho Drom