Since a couple of you asked, here is a list of several Romani websites I love (will do another post soon with more of these!):
iROMA – svět romské hudby (World Gypsy Music) is an interesting and kinda cool site. Their main objective is to promote Roma bands and artists who can create their own profiles. This allows them to upload songs and albums; add text to the songs in Rromanes and translations in Czech/Slovak; present photos and videos; and keep everyone informed about upcoming performances. I often just have the radio playing when I’m busy with other things (currently singing along with “Pijen Gil’aven”)
Magiska skrinet- E sumnakune romane paramiche (The golden Romani fairytales). They have lovely stories recorded for kids, such as “O rat pani na ovela” and “O dat thaj leske duj shave”. They are in various different dialects – which I love, but can also be challenging sometimes. Still, it helps keep my ears awake! My favourite so far is definitely O rat pani na ovela. Love that story!
One of my first stops every day is “Romea”, a Czech news server reporting on Romani issues in the Czech Republic and neighbouring countries. They have links to news stories in Czech and English, as well as other Romani sites (such as Romano Vod’i and I think I saw an ad for iROMA there the other day). It’s definitely a great place to catch up on all the recent news regarding Roma in Europe. The English headlines are always a little behind the Czech ones – translated as fast as they can. Definitely a good site if you read Czech.
Romarising is one of my favourite photographic series EVER. By Chad Evans Wyatt, the first album can be found here and comprises Czech Roma and Sinte who have fought stereotypes and discrimination to become teachers, doctors, lawyers, strong students, and many other things. The most recent set of photographs (click on the thumbnail to the right to access) focus on Polish Roma and Sinte who “achieve aspiration, succeed on terms readily understood. They defeat stereotype, establish productive lives considered only normal by society. Despite sometimes monstrous behavior toward them, they shatter prejudicial perception.”