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Since the early nineties youth in Roma urban communities around Europe have been creating a new, non-conformist identity by adapting the subculture of hip hop to local environment. Due to the quickly made parallels between Roma mahalas and American ghettos their interest in rap and its most popular godfathers quickly grew. It is rumoured fifty per cent of the audience at the Skopje James Brown concert were his Roma fans. For at least a decade and half hip hop has been listened to and performed in the Skopje Roma municipality of Šuto orizari – Šutka, steadily gaining popularity among the local youth, who meet at the Roma “rap” studios, at occasional Roma TV hip hop competitions and at hip hop and r&b parties in the local disco. Rebellion and provocation are their salt and pepper. Subdued anger provides the heat.
The compilation I Šutka tani mo than (Šutka My Hometown) released by the FOSIM (Macedonian Soros) foundation in May 2010 has been the first ambitious presentation of the output of the finest Skopje Roma rappers, from their initial productions in the Roma demo studios (some recordings produced there were excellent) to the finish in the respectable Skopje studio ambient. It embraces diverse local Roma approaches to hip hop, from Roma ethno r&b to metal punk rap and Balkan Roma echoes of reggaeton. In November 2010 it managed to reach the position 15 of the prestigious WMCE (World Music Charts Europe) and in the year 2010 the position 118 – as a local Macedonian release without support of EU based major world music labels/agencies – and has received lots of positive response from the world music circuit.
Due to such warm feedback a live act has grown out of a studio project.


Shutka Roma Rap – I Mangav Te

Shutka Roma Rap – Cha Cha Cha

Shutka Roma Rap – Al Alion – Bum Bum