Diary of a Gadjo Dario Napoli Episode 15, Musikmesse + Django Memorial Augsburg 2015




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Published on May 11, 2015

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For the first time I had a chance to be at Musikmesse in Frankfurt along with my new partners at ERG Guitars and Optima Strings, which was a chaotic but beautiful experience. After that, still with ERG, I was at the Django Memorial Festival in Augsburg, such a a great experience, seeing some old frineds and making many new ones!
"Diary of a Gadjo" is a new video blog about my life as a musician, djangophile, former athlete, world traveler, life lover, etc. Besides tips and personal considerations about music and guitar, I'll touch on whatever subject that I come across in everyday life. With this series I hope to open a dialogue with those of you who care to know more about me, whether it relates to music or life in general.

Gadjo (non-Romani)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
In Romani culture, a gadjo (feminine: gadji) is a person who has no Romanipen. This usually corresponds to not being an ethnic Romani, but it can also be an ethnic Romani who does not live within Romani culture.

It is used by Romanies to address or denote outsiderneighbors living within or very near their community.

Romanies of Western Europe and the Americas often interpret gadjos as "impure" because they consider that only those following Romani Code are "pure".

The exact origin of the word is not known. One theory considers that the word comes from the proto-Romani word for "peasant" and has the same root as the Romani word "gav" (a village). Romani ancestors were nomadic musicians and craftspeople; they did not live in villages[citation needed]. In the Latin world, the derived gachó and gachí, after passing through Caló, have come to mean "man, lover" and "woman, girl".

The slang word 'Gadgie', widely used in Ulster, Scotland and North East England, is another form of the original Romani word. It has taken on the reverse meaning in that it refers to someone from the 'gypsy' or Romany community. This may have come about because of people hearing the original usage and associating the word with those who used it. By extension the word has taken on a derogatory meaning similar to Chav or Ned.

'Gadjo' is also used as a slang word in France, notably in the south where it carries the same meaning as 'Gadgie'

The Bulgarian word "гадже" (pronounced GA-djeh), neuter gender, means 'boyfriend' or 'girlfriend' and is the most widely used word with this meaning.

Romanian nouns "gagic" and "gagică" mean "boyfriend" and "girlfriend", but they may also mean "guy" and "girl".


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