The Continuing Adventures of … - Taraf de Haidouks

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Eastern Europe has had a ‘love - hate’ relationship with the Roma people who settled there a thousand years ago. While their exuberance and defiance of State regulations are celebrated, they have also been persecuted and driven to poverty. Taraf de Haidouks is a group of a dozen musicians from a small village in Romania. Their name literally means ‘ gang of thieves’. In past years they’d happily play weddings or funerals for beer money, but now they’re being championed by celebrities from Yehudi Menuhin to Johnny Depp, who counts them, “among the most extraordinary people I’ve ever met.” Depp regularly flies all twelve members of Taraf de Haidouks out to play posh Hollywood parties … not bad for a band that is hardly known in their native Romania. On the Continuing Adventures Of … Taraf de Haidouks take the stage at London’s stately Union Chapel for a spellbinding performance of their ‘Lautari’ or ‘traditional Gypsy’ music from the Balkans. Once you see this footage, you’ll have no doubts about why these twelve, extraordinary musicians have become critical darlings of the world music press and celebs du jour.