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26-11-2007 Ian Willoughby
The New York-Ukrainian rock group Gogol Bordello describe their music as “Gypsy punk”. It is perhaps appropriate then that they have hooked up with Gipsy.cz; the Czech Romany rapper has done a special remix of the track Alcohol on the Czech release of the band’s latest LP. I discussed that collaboration and more with Gogol Bordello singer Eugene Hutz.
Gipsy.cz appeared on stage with Gogol Bordello at Prague’s Archa theatre
on Saturday night during Alcohol, a song Gipsy has remixed as an extra
track on the Czech version of the album Super Taranta! Just ahead of the
show, I grabbed a few words with Gogol Bordello’s charismatic Ukrainian
frontman Eugene Hutz. Hutz, an occasional actor, literally made an
impression on the world stage when he appeared with Madonna at Live Earth
At Live Earth Madonna called you and your violin player her “Gypsy Romany” friends. What did her use of that introduction mean, and that you actually appeared there with her?
“It means a lot of stuff in terms of public perception. First of all it was very…you know, Madonna rehearses everything micro-detail style, and they were not random words. It’s important to let people know who don’t have any idea what ‘Romany’ is. If you go out in Canada or the States and say, Romany they’ll say, what does it mean, Romanian? That’s why the phrase was constructed like that – Romany and Gypsy, so people can make the connection, and know the proper term and the derogatory term.”
“Yeah (laughs), I have a lot of memories. Most of them are very foggy. If you watch the film you can see that I’m hungover most of the time.”
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