Vera Bila

Gypsy music when performed by true gypsies is enhanced by a special quality that stems from the performer's easy, rambling way of life. As with the blues, where one cannot sing the blues if one has never felt them, one cannot perform gypsy music if one has not led the life of a gypsy.


"Kale Kalore"

Vera 'Kali" Bila and Kale (Vera Black & White and The Blacks) come from a small gypsy village (Rokycany) in Bohemia in the heart of Eastern europe. As with most of the villagers, all ot the band are related family members. Vera Bila has been singing since her childhood, as far back as her memory reaches. From a tender age until she was 25 she sang with her father who was a violinist and the leader of a cymbalom band. In the mid eighties, the top of Czech folk bands, Nerez, saw VERA perform with KALE at a folk festival and were overwhelmed with their talent and began inviting them to guest at concerts.From there things developed into eventually landing a recording contract with the major multinational label BMG.

When it was time to record "ROM-POP", KALE had to choose from their vast catalogue of playable repertoire. With the help of the producers, Zuzana Navarova and Vit Sazavsky from Nerez, they selected sixteen songs which they felt represented their roots as well as songs which represent a development and natural progression of traditional gypsy music. Lyrically the songs describe the trials and tribulations of gypsy life. Most songs incorporate the use of fiddles, violas, accordions and a Hungarian instrument called cymbalom. Unlike the commercialized, heavily spanish influenced songs recorded by acts such as the Gypsy Kings, the contents of "ROM-POP" are songs written and recorded for gypsy ears that an outsider can now have the chance to listen to.

"Music belongs to our lives, it's tied to our history. It is a living part of us." Says band member Ondrej Gina about the importance of music in gypsy culture.


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