13 Songs, 45 Minutes

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4:02
3:57
3:23
3:50
3:25
3:53
3:50
2:58
4:15
2:40
4:12
2:35
2:43

About Vera Bila

The musical traditions of Eastern Europe's Gypsies have been given a modern sensibility by singer/songwriter Vêra Bílá and her group Kale. Better known in France than in their homeland, Bílá and the group craft a sound that reveals a wide range of influences. Born in the small gypsy village of Rokycany, in Bohemia, Bílá has been singing most of her life. Launching her career as a singer in her father's cymbalom band, she formed her own group, Kale, in the late '70s. Their appearance at a folk festival in the mid-'80s led to the band being invited to tour with top Czechoslovakian band Nerez and to a contract with BMG Ariola. Bílá and Kale were the subject of a Mira Erdevicki-directed film, Cerná a Bílá v Barve (Black and White in Color), in spring 1999. ~ Craig Harris

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