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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
Vanya - Bronislav Krawczyk
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Musician: Vanya - Bronislav Krawczyk

Location: London

Instruments: piano, accordion

Music: Roma / Polish / gypsy folk

HOW I CAME TO THIS MUSIC          WHERE I PLAY          A FAVOURITE SONG Click here for Hande Domac's storyClick here for Mosi Conde's storyClick here for Rachel McLeod's story




Listen to Vanya and fellow-refugees perform with Eliza Carthy at
Celebrating Sanctuary 2002


Listen  Listen (1'48) to 'Bashevech', performed on accordion by Vanya.

Listen  Listen (1'47) to 'Bulgaryez Roma' by Vanya and Romani Rad from the album, Asylum, (Basis & The Prince's Trust, 2001)

Listen  Listen (2'46) to Vanya and his band, Romani Rad, as they accompany the dancers and singers for the opening sequence of their show, Wedding.

Listen  Listen (37'41) to Vanya, Téa Hodzic and Dylan Fowler showcasing at the World On Your Street tent, WOMAD 2002

Listen  Listen (31'04) to Vanya playing with Romany Rad playing at WOMAD 2002


'...almost from the moment you're born, you're playing an instrument and picking up the tunes from your father and his father before him'

How I came to this music:

Since I was a child I've loved music because almost everyone in the Gypsy community plays an instrument, be it the accordion, guitar, violin or double bass. All the men in my family play and my sisters dance. It's unusual for Roma women to play the instruments but they always sing and dance.

Vanya - Bronislav KrawczykWe'd always have music at our family celebrations like weddings and christenings. There's be lots of music and loud noise, just like you can hear at our rehearsals - people laughing and dancing and always lots of children running about and playing.

Our tradition is an oral one so it's very hard to say how old our music is because almost from the moment you're born, you're playing an instrument and picking up the tunes from your father and his father before him. This gypsy music is very important to me as a Roma. We don't want to hide our tradition - we want other people to experience it too.

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