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The rappers Marpo and Rytmus boxed each other on 27 December 2018 in front of a sold-out O2 Arena. (PHOTO:  O2 Sport)
The rappers Marpo and Rytmus boxed each other on 27 December 2018 in front of a sold-out O2 Arena. (PHOTO: O2 Sport)

videoCzech and Romani-Slovak rappers box each other in front of sold-out arena in Prague

29.12.2018 11:57 The long-awaited boxing match between rappers Marpo and Rytmus was the high point of the "XFN Night of the Champions" in a sold-out O2 arena in Prague on 27 December. Marpo (given name Otakar Petřina) won on points against Rytmus (given name Patrik Vrbovský).  full story

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videoCzech Television launches new detective serial, "Lynch", about the murder of a young Romani man

27.10.2018 14:05 On 22 October, Czech Television broadcast the first episode of its new serial, "Lynch" (Lynč). The eight-part series tells the story of a fictional small Czech town of "Buchnov" where a young Romani man named Denis has been brutally murdered. A documentary filmmaker named Tomáš, who has known Denis since childhood, comes to the town to investigate.  full story

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videoLIVE BROADCAST: Opening of the 20th annual World Roma Festival KHAMORO in Prague

27.5.2018 13:14 The 20th annual World Roma Festival KHAMORO will begin as is traditional with a party under the open skies on the banks of the Vltava River in Prague. Střelecký ostrov (Shooter's Island) will be the venue for the very first concert of the festival.  full story

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20th annual World Roma Festival KHAMORO begins tomorrow - ROMEA TV to broadcast several live performances

26.5.2018 20:04 The 20th annual World Roma Festival KHAMORO is upon us and the launch party on Prague's Střelecký ostrov will happen Sunday evening. The Milan Kroka live band,
Gipsy.cz, and the Slovak singer Gitana will perform.  full story

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Czech play focuses on hateful commentaries posted to Internet discussions - #nejsemrasista_ale

25.5.2018 18:44 The Divadlo Petra Bezruče theater in Ostrava, Czech Republic has premiered an original production entitled #nejsemrasista_ale ("#I'm not a racist, but..."), directed by Braňo Holiček. The play about anonymous opinions on the Internet that frequently mask emotions of fear and hatred premiered on 18 May.  full story

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Mário Bihári and Bachtale Apsa launch new video Saturday with concert in Prague

30.11.2017 10:24 On 2 December the Dlabačov cinema in Prague's Břevnov quarter will host the only concert this winter by Romani musician Mário Bihári and his band, Bachtale Apsa. As part of a special program of guest performers (such as Nicholas Arthofer on trumpet), the band will launch a video they filmed thanks to their friends from the "Unexcused Theater" ensemble (Neomluvené divadlo).  full story

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videoROMEA broadcast live online Saturday's concert by Romani rapper Rytmus and others

26.7.2017 5:40 On Saturday 22 July 2017 the 13th annual Multicolored Festival (Různobarevný festival) in the Czech town of Trmice near Ústí nad Labem took place. The festival was organized by the local Romani organization Romano jasnica and the main star this year was the Czechoslovak-Romani rapper Rytmus, but lovers of classical Romani folk music came to see their genre represented as well.  full story

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Belgian edition of TV competition "The Voice" won by 13-year-old Romani girl from Slovakia

30.6.2017 7:50 The most recent season of the Belgian branch of the music show "The Voice Kids 2017" has been won by 13-year-old Katarina Pohlodková, whose parents are originally from Slovakia. She fought her way through to the final round with the song "She Believes in Me", originally performed by the Belgian singer André Hazes, which was a mega-hit as "Empire State of Mind" by Alicia Keys.  full story

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Vicente Rodriguez Speaks About His Vision for the Romani People

26.6.2017 23:40 On 8 June, during the launch of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) in Berlin, the Huffington Post met with activist Vicente Rodríguez, the Romani organizer of the RomaPop alliance. Rodríguez discussed his mission to have Romani people portrayed in a positive light in popular culture.  full story

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videoEgypt: Band Introduces Traditional Romani Music to the Egyptian Jazz Scene

16.6.2017 12:00 The Gypsy Jazz Project is an Egyptian band that has pioneered Romani-based music in the jazz scene there. The band is set to perform with Egyptian singer and actress Dalia Farid this Saturday 17 June at 9:30pm in the ROOM Art Space and Cafe in Garden City.  full story

Voice of Baceprot (VoB)

videoIndonesia: Hijab-Wearing Female Metal Group Defies Stereotypes

15.6.2017 17:25 Voice of Baceprot, (VoB) is a female Indonesian metal group consisting of three young women who choose to wear hijabs, a type of Islamic headscarf. The band formed in 2014 in West Java, “and use their music to combat the stereotype of Muslim women as submissive or voiceless” according to reuters.com.  full story

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videoVIDEO: Romani singer Joci Pápai makes it to the Eurovision final

15.5.2017 7:19 Joci Pápai, the 35-year-old Romani singer representing Hungary, made it to the final round of the international Eurovision Song Contest, which was held this year in Kiev, Ukraine. The singer performed the song "Origo", which combines hip hop and traditional Romani music, during the second semifinal on 11 May.  full story

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19th annual KHAMORO festival in Prague: Conferences, exhibitions, football - and music

21.4.2017 11:45 Prague will soon host the 19th annual KHAMORO World Roma Festival, which has made a name for itself among all of the well-attended festivals in Prague. KHAMORO (“Sun” in Romanes) brings contemporary and traditional Romani music here annually, including top Gypsy jazz players, many workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, theater performances, a défilé (parade) by performers through the center of Prague, and many other special treats.
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Prague 14 to begin April with the Cultural Encounters festival (Setkání kultur)

1.4.2017 18:27 The Prague 14 Municipal Department will come to life during the first week of April with its Cultural Encounters festival (Setkání kultur). On Thursday, 6 April, in the Plechárna recreation center at 18:30, the chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic, Čeněk Růžička, will hold a discussion on the topic of Czech-Roma coexistence.  full story

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Main hero in the next Batman film will be Romani - "Nightwing" to call attention to the rights of Romani people

28.3.2017 18:16 Warner Bros announced in February that they will be releasing "Nightwing", a film that not only tells the story of the most popular characters in the Batman family, but also sheds light on Romani human rights issues through its title character. "Nightwing" (the superhero formerly known as “Robin”) could serve as one of the first times the Romani identity will be shown to the mainstream in a positive light.  full story

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Czech Theater of the Oppressed festival - Divufest 2015 - ends today

28.11.2015 3:59 Performances by actors' groups throughout the Czech Republic and a German partner organization, a three-day training of jokers led by experienced instructor Terry O'Leary and workshops of the Theater of the Oppressed for advanced and beginning performers from Germany (Hamze Bytyci and Christoph Leucht) are part of the second annual festival of the Theater of the Oppressed, Divufest 2015. The workshops are free of charge and interpreted into Czech.  full story

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videoKHAMORO: Annual parade of Romani performers marches through the center of Prague

31.5.2015 23:11 This year the 17th annual Khamoro Festival parade of colorfully-dressed Romani dancers, musicians, and singers made its way through the center of Prague accompanied by live music. The annual festival began last Sunday on the banks of the Vltava River in Prague and culminated last night with a gala concert of many Romani performers.  full story

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