Perceptions of Roma Rap Music in Hungary

25Nov12

This video is a report I made together with Zsolt Balog on Roma rappers in Budapest. Through the account of four Roma rappers from the District VIII of Budapest we wanted to demonstrate how Roma rap is perceived by them and by the majority. They represent three generations in Roma rap music. Báró started his career in the 90s in a popular music act of three Roma performing a mixture of r’n’b and rap. (They were the ‘Fekete Vonat’ or ‘Black Train’.) Gooré was the first Roma to publish an English language music video in Hungary, he is very active since a couple of years in all sorts of Roma rap acts. Luigi and G.W.M. have gained reputation in the District VIII by performing as the best at many freestyle rap competitions. In addition to their accounts István Zoltán Csider a journalist on cultural issues, specialized on Hungarian rap tells his experience and theory on the perception of Roma rap music in Hungary.

Originally published on Sosinet.hu.

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