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Voice of Roma Presents the 21st Annual Romani Music Festival, Featuring Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra
Friday, March 9, 2018
Starline Social Club  
Address: 2236 Martin Luther King Way
Oakland, CA 94612
Tickets: Presale $15 - At The Door $20

Voice of Roma, a human rights advocacy organization dedicated to the promotion of Balkan Romani (Gypsy) cultural arts and traditions, is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Romani Music Festival. Macedonian brass band sensation Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra will headline the program with a dance party and celebration. The evening also includes a panel discussion and dance workshop.

7:30 PM - Panel discussion on Romani music and culture with the artists, led by Sani Rifati, Kosovan-Romani activist and dance teacher, and Carol Silverman, Professor of Anthropology
and Folklore at the University of Oregon.
8:30 PM - Dance workshop with Sani Rifati.
9:30 PM - Dance party with Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra

DZAMBO AGUSEVI: In the competitive world of Romani Balkan brass bands, a new star of the trumpet - Dzambo Agusevi - has been sweeping up awards. Hailing from Strumica in eastern Macedonia, Dzambo seems to have been born with a trumpet in his hand, and to have grown up doing nothing but practicing on it. At only 11 years old, he earned himself a place in his uncle Koo's well-known band, Agusevi. Dzambo, now 30, quickly ascended to the top of his profession and formed his own stellar band, with his father and other relatives.

Dzambos innovative arrangements have turned his brass band into a cutting-edge juggernaut of the genre, driven by rocking grooves. His music is not for sitting. Dzambo has won prizes in all the major Balkan brass festivals, including Kumanovo, Pehevo, and the international festival in Guca. The Dzambo Agusevi Orchestar has an active touring schedule and recently performed in the UK and Mexico. The eight member ensemble performs their California debut at the Voice of Roma Festival March 9th. They have two recent CDs: Brass Hurricane Tour (2014), and Brass Like it Hot (2016, ARC).

Voice of Roma is a California based non-profit that promotes the rich cultural heritage of Roma dating back over 600 years, through festivals, workshops, performances and
educational presentations. Voice of Roma also works to heighten awareness of human rights issues faced by Roma in todays world, and to support efforts by Roma to build
and maintain their communities, and to improve their lives. In its 21-year history, Voice of Roma has supported many educational programs about Roma as well as several
national tours of esteemed artists, such as the final American tour of superstar vocalist Esma Redzepova who passed away in 2016.

Voice of Romas president, Sani Rifati, is a Rom from Kosovo who immigrated to the United States in 1993, co-founding Voice of Roma three years later. Rifati has taught at
many international dance camps and festivals. Festival panelist and Voice of Roma Board Member Carol Silverman is an activist and scholar of Romani music in Eastern Europe. Her book Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora (2012) won the book prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Voice of Roma events seek to renew interest and attention on the continued struggles of Romani people around the world, striving to counter negative Gypsy stereotypes and supporting efforts by Roma to rebuild and maintain their communities, improve their lives and strengthen their international voice and visibility. Few Americans know that one million Roma reside in America today, that Roma are the largest minority in Europe today and that Roma have a rich and varied culture in spite of centuries of discrimination, says Silverman. Furthermore, festivals of Gypsy Music are often stereotypical fantasies geared toward exoticism. Voice of Romas Festival, on the other hand, places the music in its cultural and
historical context.

Voice of Romas 21st annual Romani Music Festival is supported in partnership with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York City, and by a grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Marco Peris Coppola, Event Producer


Starline Social Club (View)
2236 Martin Luther King Way
oakland, CA 94612
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Marco Peris Coppola
On BPT Since: Jan 17, 2018
marco peris coppola
510 479 5267

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