The Rromani Anthem

The lyrics of the international Rromani anthem "Gelem Gelem" were written by a Rromany musician and politician Zarko Jovanovic from Beograd who has been living for years in Paris.

The interesting thing is that Czech and Slovak Rromanies have their own anthem "Čhajori Romani" which was composed in the concentration camp Auschwitz. The international anthem was adopted as late as in 1990'.

                          The lyrics were set to a traditional Romany melody.


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