Self-taught Roma musicians and Roma orchestras cheer up the people with their song during the holidays
The largest ethnic minority in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Roma. There are no precise data on the number of Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries in the world. Some associations claim that the number of the Roma minority is between 70 and one hundred thousand Roma living in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
They are popularly called “heavenly people”. It is a reality in the world and it is common knowledge that the Roma are the least educated and working. They almost have no rights. They are exposed to the worst forms of discrimination on a daily basis worldwide and in the areas where they live. Extreme poverty, unemployment, unresolved housing issues and premature pregnancies for girls are just some of the problems this population faces on a daily basis.
The issue of their inclusion in society is still a secondary issue for decision-makers. Roma are mostly left to themselves and their means of survival.
Nevertheless, Roma have always been a people who love song and music. Many of their orchestras and musicians are well known and have always entertained people with their song.
They sing and play at weddings, various festivities and parties where they show their musical preferences and talents (mostly self-taught).
An old custom in Sarajevo and all over Bosnia and Herzegovina, which still exists in this region, is that Roma players and orchestras during the major holidays (Christmas, New Year, etc.) stroll through the city and play world famous songs on their musical instruments. They pause a little in front of buildings, parks or promenades to give you the opportunity to enjoy their music and playing. Then they continue their walking and playing. It usually requires you to drop coins or paper money for music played. This is how you help Roma players, trumpeters and orchestras to live and work and continue this beautiful tradition.