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«These Songs Tell About Our Life, You See»

Music, Identity and Gender in Finnish Romani Music

Kai Åberg

Based on intensive fieldwork among the Finnish Roma, the Kaale, between 1995 and 2015, this book explores their traditional songs. It presents an introduction to the subject of traditional Romani music and offers different interpretations of how the Roma themselves produce meaning for the songs. Performing the music is not a repetition of heritage – instead, the meanings of the songs are aimed at different contexts of everyday life in various musical practices. They not only maintain a community spirit, but also underline gender identity or create a boundary with the majority population.
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Åberg, Kai (1994–2013). Roma-related materials from Finland and various parts of Europe. The materials from 1994–1997 are in the Folklore Archives of SKS (The Finnish Literature Society) in Joensuu, Finland.

SLS 231 (Svenska Litteratursällskapet i Finland, Folkkulturarkivet /Folk Culture Archives of the Swedish Literature Society in Finland).

SKS; Harju SKS 2998, 1938 (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, Kansanrunousarkisto /Folk Poetry Archives of SKS, the Finnish Literature Society).

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