By Sweet Sound of Sunrise
I’m a new contributor to Ride the Tempo and my focus will be on world music, which is too often lacking in our lives. Who doesn’t love relaxing to Cuban music while on the beach, or isn’t mesmerized by the dizzying speed the bouzouki player’s hands at a Greek wedding? The trouble is that it’s hard to find out about that sort of music without being exposed to the culture on a regular basis. That’s why I’m making it my mission to spread the word and provide you all with one song every week, with the hope that it will pique someone’s interest in this abundant yet underappreciated genre.
This week’s pick is a Hungarian song called “Kutka Avel e Sej Bari,” which translates to “Here Comes the Gypsy Girl.” It’s written from the point of view of a man who is smitten by the beauty of the title gypsy girl. He beckons for her to come with him and teasingly warns her in the final line of the song that if she were to come by his home, he would take her as his wife. It is performed by Amaro Suno, whose band name means “Our Dreams.” They are a group from Hungary that also plays some Romanian songs – a sign of the two countries’ closely tied history and often unclear ethnic divisions.[audio:http://groovebat.com/download/n3.mp3]
The first thing that got to me was the soothing yet driving chords played in the background. You’re not even ready for the vocals when they enter almost immediately, so as a result their haunting of your auditory senses is certain, and lingers once the song is over.
I came upon this song in Putumayo Presents: Gypsy Caravan (link provided for those who want to check out the other songs on the album). Putumayo is a good starting point for those new to world music, and you can check out their website here.