Šaban Bajramović (1936-2008)

A famous Gipsy singer, Šaban Bajramović, died yesterday in his hometown Niš due to a heart attack complications. I don't think that many of you know about him, but in Serbia he was well known.
Wikipedia says that he finished only four years of primary school and then started his music education on the street, as many of his fellows. Spent 5 years in prison Goli otok (an island in Adriatic sea, mostly for political convicts) because of deserting from army. Because of a girl. There, he was a member of football team, and, more important, a member of prison orchestra where they played, among other things, jazz. Once he said that Goli otok prison was a university of a life where he adopted his philosophy. He has said that person who was never in jail is not a person at all.
It is believed that he composed around 650 compositions, among them probably his most important and well known song "Djelem, djelem". This song became official anthem for all Romany nation in the world. He had a band called Black Mamba for about 20 years and played with them in all important festivals, mostly in Europe.
His unique style in singing attracted other music bands to invite him to sing on their concerts and be a guest singer in their albums. One of the examples of that cooperation was with Croatian band Cubismo, they play Cuban music and he sang two songs in their album Amigos – "Geljam dade" and "Djelem, djelem", rearranged to sound as latin jazz songs.
I was never a big fan of him but I liked to be in concerts where he sang, mostly as a guest. Last time I was in Novi Sad in a summer beer festival (2007) where he was a star of the day. His concert was supposed to last for about one and half hour but when, after 3 hours we decided it was time to go home (it was 1 in the morning), he was still singing. That was Šaban Bajramović.

In following video he sings "Djelem, djelem" rearranged as latin rhythm, along with Josipa Lisac:

"Djelem, djelem, lungone dromensa
Maladilem bakhtale Romensa
A Romale katar tumen aven,
E tsarensa bahktale dromensa?

A Romale, A Chavale

Vi man sas ek bari familiya,
Murdadas la e kali legiya
Aven mansa sa lumniake Roma,
Kai putaile e romane droma
Ake vriama, usti Rom akana,
Men khutasa misto kai kerasa

A Romale, A Chavale"

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28 Responses to Šaban Bajramović (1936-2008)

  1. attilasoul says:

    Nice post. :up:I never heard of him, but the music isn't really my style. 🙂

  2. ellinidata says:

    Darko this is a great tribute to this wonderful singer!!Thank you for sharing,I never did hear of him before and I am overwhelmed by his gift! He was still young to leave this world :(I might see if I can find a CD in a Serbian / International store in NYC .I love gypsy music and I did recently a post on Manitasanother great Gypsy artist!http://my.opera.com/ellinidata/blog/art-in-pictures-and-music

  3. rose-marie says:

    Nice post :)I've never heard about him, or this song. Is it in Romani?

  4. MizzMartinez says:

    I've never heard of him…but I ususally LOVE gipsy music! :heart:

  5. edwardpiercy says:

    Loved it. Thank you. :up:

  6. gdare says:

    Tilla – I know, you are biker rocker kitten :DAngeliki – I am sure you will like this one too:

    Set of songs from a concert two years ago :)Rose – yes it is in Romani; this is translation:I went, I went on long roadsI met happy RomaO Roma where do you come from,With tents on happy roads?O Roma, O fellow RomaI once had a great family,The Black Legions murdered themCome with me Roma from all the worldFor the Roma roads have openedNow is the time, rise up Roma now,We will rise high if we actO Roma, O fellow RomaMizz – I think you are too young to know about him and/or he is too local star, popular among his own people and in Balkan; I am glad if you like these two examples I put here :)Edward Piercy – thank you; welcome to my blog 🙂

  7. MizzMartinez says:

    Actually, I don't like this kind of music. It's somehow very slow for me…I like gipsy music that sounds happy. You know, the kind of gipsy music that is presented in funerals! 😉 :p

  8. ellinidata says:

    Titi!! do they present happy funeral music?? I am now very curious to find out more about it!! I am sure you are right but I never knew! I love the gypsy music slow, fast, or just the gypsy singing!! did you see my Manitas piece ?? that is fast and lively!!!I left the link above! :heart:

  9. ellinidata says:

    Thank you Darko, I always enjoy the links you are so generously giving us!!thanks my friend! :up:oh Naomi ,(CultureSurfer), has a new Video posted, after back and forth I just found out that I might be a Serbian 😆 honest! Pay her a visit!

  10. gdare says:

    Mizz – songs he sang were mostly sad, about lost love or hard life gipsy have to live; remind me of blues in some instance :)Angeliki – I will visit your post about Manitas now, it was too late last night when I came home; and I will visit Naomi`s blog, thanks 🙂

  11. MizzMartinez says:

    They do Angeliki! 😉 😀 I just love it. It's a good way to say goodbye to the loved ones! 🙂 I'll check the Manitas piece now! :D:D:D

  12. ellinidata says:

    I want a party when I go!!Life is a party! why cry?? the circle has to take it's course any way!! Plus free drinks for all! :cheers:

  13. MizzMartinez says:

    I agree completely with you Angeliki! Cheers! :wine:

  14. MizzMartinez says:

    Send me some Goran! :p

  15. yomeriux says:

    I love gipsy music too….of any kind. Kerst…you would love Goran Bregovic, i`m sure you know him already..SO MUCH FUN!!:yes: :cheers:

  16. yomeriux says:

    ok, here you go! 😉



    his concerts are SO much fun!!:hat: :drunk: :cheers:

  17. yomeriux says:

    yes!! you should, they seem to be a lot of fun!!:drunk: :hat: :yes:

  18. MizzMartinez says:

    Wow..you were so right! I love this kind of music! :happy: Have you been in one of his concerts? :eyes:

  19. MizzMartinez says:

    I was invited to a couple of gysy concerts last year…but I couldn't! 😦 I'll definitely go next itme! :D:D:D

  20. yomeriux says:

    nooooooo!! he went to Mexico just a couple of months ago!! I wish I have ben there 😥 hopefully one day I will, however my mom and brother went and said it was sooo much fun…:yes: check him out if he ever goes over there, you cant miss it!

  21. gdare says:

    I remember Goran Bregovic since his time in one of most popular bands in former Yugoslavia, Bijelo Dugme.When I come home I will try to find some links, now only this one:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bijelo_Dugme

  22. MizzMartinez says:

    They doooo! 😀

  23. yomeriux says:

    I mean right…:left: :right: :clown:

  24. yomeriux says:

    interesting!! I will check it out…:yes: BTW, you saw the picture at the left???:lol:

  25. gdare says:

    From the album cover? :DBtw, first link you provided is one of the old songs made by Goran Bregovic while he was in Bijelo Dugme, just rearranged to be a gipsy song.The second one is old gipsy song. Slightly rearranged, with Bulgarian women singing :up:Have you heard this one?

    😀

  26. gdare says:

    No I don`t understand their language, just word here and there, mostly ones that are borrowed from Serbian. But I know that "Devla" means "God" in their language and you can hear it in this "Kalashnikov" song 😀

  27. yomeriux says:

    yes, from the album cover, its so funny 😆 DO you understand what they say??I just heard that one, is soo nice too, I feel like dancing!:yes: :cheers:

  28. yomeriux says:

    ahhhhhhh…:D :up:

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