Voice Of Roma, the organization behind the most important Roma and Balkan music festival on the West Coast brings back Yuri Yunakov & his Romani Wedding Band to play at the Croatian American Cultural Center ( 60 Onondaga St., SF, CA ) on Sept. 21st. Performing for the Herdeljezi Festival in Sebastopol in 2006, Yuri and his ensemble of master musicians in the Bulgarian traditions transformed the house to a celebratory throbbing mass that one rarely has the opportunity to experience outside of an actual Romani wedding.
“Romani Routes” is the programming and productions side of VOR, a boundless-energy nonprofit which does heroic work creating unforgettable cultural events in service to human rights struggles, with a focus on the plight of Roma refugees living in Kosovo and throughout Europe. Their fans range from Gogol Bordello to Esma Redzepova to Boban Markovic to the latest European world music sensation Kal, whom VOR brought to the Bay Area years before anyone had ever heard of them.
Don’t miss this Friday’s chance to be a part of the Art + Music at its most highly-engaged form! And see Yuri’s full tour schedule, which includes Santa Cruz on 9/22 and Los Angeles 9/23.
And since the VOR online shop is still under construction, these events are a great opportunity to pick up very rare CDs that represent the authentic roots of what is becoming the fastest building wave in world music today, which may remind many of the asian underground that swept the scenes in the 90s. All benefiting the great causes that VOR has been actively involved with for over a decade.
Yuri and Rumen Sali Shopov at Herdeljezi Festival, Sebastopol 2006