“We wanted to bring together Roma singers and a group of musicians and DJs to form and create a unique sound, the Shukar Collective sound.” explain Dan Handrabur. The final result was the debut album ‘Urban Gypsy’, released in the spring of 2005. The ‘Urban Gypsy’ album has been praised by the press from all over the world.
And now, to prove that “Urban Gipsy” was no flash in the pan, the Collective are back with their second effort. The album’s title ‘Rromatek’ is a pun, combining the two words that define this album: Roma and technology. Having moved on from the rewarding but often awkward integration phase, when two very different cultures were making music together for the first time, the rural Ursari singers, stemming from a long line of bear-taming street performers, and the urban musician - DJs have now gone to the roots of what bear tamers do best - making people dance.
Whereas the previous album took shape in the studio, "Rromatek" captures the spirit of the band from the last year, with vocals being recorded in hotel rooms, backstage at concerts or during jams in buses. With the addition of a drummer and a horn player, a more organic sound is evident throughout the album, although the band has lost none of its electro-spice. Shukar Collective's mission remains that of exposing the brilliant traditional vocal performance of the Ursari Roma (incorrectly called gypsies) while working towards total acceptance of this minority into a tolerant, modern day society, which we aspire to. With Rromatek, Shukar Collective continues to open up the new horizons for the idea they started exploring almost five years ago.