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Listen to hard-charging Roma music from Marin 'Tagoi' Sandu

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Marin Tagoi Sandu (right)
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  • Marin "Tagoi" Sandu (right)

Tomorrow the modest, superb label L-M Dupli-cation—the imprint run by Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost of A Hawk and a Hacksaw—will release Tagoi, a spry and soulful blast of Roma music from Bahto Delo Delo, a group led by accordionist Marin "Tagoi" Sandu. Sandu hails from the Romanian village of Clejani and his father was the brilliant violinist Nicolae Neacsu. Those names might ring a bell if you happen to be a fan of Eastern European Roma music, for it was in Clejani that some Belgian record producers organized a slew of dynamic folk musicians who entertained locals at social functions into a working band called Taraf de Haïdouks; Neacsu was one of the group's most electrifying and skilled members.

"Tagoi" is a robust 64 and most of the other players on this recording (cut in Clejani last winter) are part of his extended family—you can get a sense of those tight-knit bonds by watching the video below. The recording was made by Chicago filmmaker Ehsan Ghoreishi, who is now managing Bahto Delo Delo. Most of the album focuses on the deft, high-octane interplay between Tagoi and cimbalom player Ninel Basaru and upright bassist Vasile "Sile" Neacsu, but as you can hear on today's 12 O'Clock Track "Doamne Pe Pamantul Tau" the bandleader is also a terrific singer.

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