Django Reinhardt born January 23 1910
Born into a vagabond life on the outskirts of Paris in 1910, Django Reinhardt took on the fledgling world of jazz and re-imagined it through his gypsy roots, bringing the guitar to the fore and changing the perception of the instrument forever.
Django’s son Babik is a very literate musician and has in recent years, written scores for 3 French motion pictures as well as having visited the United States. Paris 1985 he was playing in a club with his cousin Boulou and another guitarist by the name of Christian Escoude.
Grand nephew Lulo Reinhardt composer and player of gypsy jazz.
Lulo Reinhardt is a Sinti gypsy and descendant of the great French gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Lulo Reinhardt is an extremely gifted guitarist who was taught by his father at the age of five, inherited the guitar gene. At twelve, he played in the Mike Reinhardt Sextett and later co-founded the group, “Django Reinhardt and the Heartbreakers.”
His name has achieved international acclaim.
In 1991, he founded “I Gitanos” with his father Bawo and cousin Dege, touring throughout Europe. He has played with Toto and Marta Glenn, released CD´s and played at the music festival “Rock gegen Hass”(Rock against Hate),
another concert in aid of the north African Sahouri in the city of Tinduf, Algeria. In the meantime he has established himself an outstanding reputation as a composer and guitarist.
Lulo often plays with DOUG MARTIN
These clips are from a concert in January with Doug Martin and Lulo Reinhardt for the Saga and Shubb companies as a part of the 2007 Namm music conference in Anahiem 2007
The Sinti arrived in Germany and Austria in the Middle Ages, eventually splitting into two groups: Eftavagarja (“the Seven Caravans”) and Estraxarja (“from Austria”). These two groups then expanded, the Eftavagarja into France, where they are called “Manouches”, and the Estraxarja into Italy and Eastern Europe, mainly what are now Croatia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, eventually adopting various regional names.
The Sinti have produced some number of renowned musicians, such as Drafi Deutscher or the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Biréli Lagrène. The Sinto Häns’che Weiss produced a record in Germany in the 1970s in which he sang about the Poraimos (Roma Holocaust) in his own language. Many younger Germans first learned about this part of Holocaust history as a result of this recording. Titi Winterstein and several members of Reinhardt’s clan still play traditional and modern “Gypsy jazz” all over Europe. The jazz keyboardist Joe Zawinul was also of Sinte (Sintenghero) descent.
In Italy they are present mainly in Piedmont region.
The Romani people recognize divisions among themselves based in part on territorial, cultural and dialectal differences and self-designation. The main branches are:
1. Roma, crystallized in Eastern Europe and Central Italy, emigrated also (mostly from the 19th century onwards), in the rest of Europe, but also on the other continents;
2. Iberian Kale, in Iberian Peninsula, emigrated also in Southern France and Latin America;
3. Finnish Kale, in Finland, emigrated also in Sweden;
4. Welsh Kale, in Wales;
5. Romnichal, in the United Kingdom, emigrated also to the United States and Australia;
6. Sinti, in German-speaking areas of Central Europe and some neighboring countries;
7. Manouche, in French-speaking areas of Central Europe ;
8. Romanisæl, in Sweden and Norway.
Irish Travellers (Irish: Lucht siúil) are an itinerant people of Irish origin living in Ireland, Great Britain and the United States. It is estimated that 25,000 Travellers live in Ireland and 7,000 in the United States. The number of Travellers living in Great Britain is uncertain, with estimations ranging between 15,000 and 300,000
Travellers refer to themselves as “Pavees”, whereas some English people often refer to them with the derogatory terms “Pikeys”, “Gypos”, “Jidders” “Shams”, or “Knackers”. In Irish, Travellers are called an Lucht siúil (literally “the people of walking”). Many non-Pavee people (called “buffers”, “country people” or sometimes “rooters” still use the term “tinkers” from the Irish tincéirí, sg. tincéir or “tinsmith.” Rarely, Travellers were referred to as the “Walking People” by English speakers in Ireland.