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12/08/2008

Fiddling to Stop Roma Burning -- Dikhen Ande Italia / Look in Italy

Skye writes: reading this article has me relieved to hear voices rising, alerting Romani youth to the dangers they face, yet left me wondering how it comes to pass that violence becomes an accepted method of dealing with cultural differences.



Fiddler on the hoof: Romany rights activist and musician Kerieva


Romany musician and activist Kerieva is everything a modern Gypsy activist needs to be. Musical, lyrical and media savvy, she can entertain one moment and inspire the next. She’s equally at home playing the violin or singing on a stage or rabble rousing in Romany slums from Glasgow to Budapest. And she’s packed a lot into her 34 years.

      Her heritage is as diverse as her interests, she’s part Irish and part Manouche (French Romany) has a degree in performing arts and masters degree in human rights. She’s sings fluently in several languages, and is still on the move between Spain, Hungary and Scotland. As she prepares to release her first album in early 2009, she’s recorded a song she hopes will inspire Romany youth to resist the frightening tide of anti-Gypsy racism.

      The song is called Dikhen Ande Italia in Romani, which means "Look in Italy" in English and is a reaction to the racist violence experienced by the Romany community in Italy earlier this year. Its words also refer to the indifference Italian sunbathers had to the corpses of two dead Romany girls washed up on a beach. But Kerieva says the song was directly inspired by a visit to Austria last summer.

 

click here for full article:  Travellers Times Online  Editor Jake Bowers.


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