Zeitschrift für die Welt der Türken / Journal of World of Turks, Vol 8, No 2 (2016)

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Musical Life Styles of Mimarsinan Gypsies in Turkey



This study introduces the outcomes of oral history and field research based on the experiences and memories of the Gypsies residing in Istanbul, Mimarsinan district. Mimarsinan Gypsies have migrated to Turkey after the compulsory relocation determined by the terms of Lausanne Treaty signed with Greece in 1923.
The settled Roma/Gypsies people adopt, transform and "Romanize" the local music of the place where they settled and also spread their music used before the settlement or the music of the place from where they immigrated.
Therefore, the Roma/Gypsies people living in different parts of the country have different kinds of musical life forms which are determined by the musical instruments, which are used in the performances, performed and listened music styles, the settings where the music is performed and listened, and the dances.

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