Bluegrass? We love it! (1989) Kosovo through the eyes of local Rom (Gypsy) musicians (1999) Kontakt. Naslov: Filozofska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani, Aškerčeva 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana.
The Gypsies are the descendants of populations originating in Northern India (see Fraser 1992, and De Vaux De Foletier 1990: 37-40) who, around the 1000 AD, were forced out by an expanding Islam, and, possibly, periods of famine (see Colocci 1889: 9-32, and Puxon 1979: 6-11). Like all great movements out of India in those times they had their camp followers: transporters, musicians, dancers, even fortune tellers. In lesser numbers these same professional castes are to be found today in Kosova, namely the Rabagi (transporters), Gabeli (acrobats, dancers), Arlia (musicians) and Chergari (fortune tellers). The Lăutari were traditional Romani musicians, playing at various events (weddings, funerals, etc.) .