Sila Kale Bal was written by the celebrated Serbian Gypsy musician Šaban Bajramović. The song’s title means Her hair is black; you can find a full translation here. This is a folky studio recording made by Bajramović with Mostar Sevdah Reunion in 2001. You can also watch him in a jazzier live performance filmed a couple of years before he died, with his big band Dobrovoljno Kovačko Društvo - the Association of Blacksmith Volunteers.
Moving even further into jazz territory there’s a Django Reinhardt gypsy jazz style version by the Hot Club Of Belgrade and a nice saxophone and double bass rendition by the Nesad Vasilic Balkan Band.
And here’s one Sam prepared earlier, with Les Tziganes du Bocage.
Sat 5th May
CoMA Festival of Contemporary Music, The Vic Rooms
2 - 6 May 2018
Calella Festival, Costa de Barcelona
15 - 19 May 2018
We are Lightning, The Trinity Centre
Fri 22nd June
Westbury Baptist church Uganda concert
7 July 2018
Summer Spectaular featuring WWI Suite, St Georges
Sat 21st July
Bristol Harbour Festival
Saturday 29th September 2018
Innovation 216, St George's