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On the Roma groups in Prilep

Told by Hodža Kadrija Alioski
Duration: 00:35
Source: Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences, B 37598 (excerpt, abridged); recorded by Mozes F. Heinschink in Prilep, Macedonia.
Date: 1971

De akana amende si amen Jerlije, si amen amen ušte, so čingaren pe, te phenas, Gavutne, demek kova ačhilas ajkar, so ale katar o gava. A ole si amari nacija, amaro rat. Si amen Mahdžirja, adale Mahdžirja si amende biš thaj panž familije. Mangav te phenav tuke, Mahdžirja, ama od Niš si ale ole. Ole nane baš Mahdžirja, kaj phenav tuke athar lengo pokolenje, nego od Niš ale si amende.

Well, here there are Jerlije, then we’ve also got Roma who call themselves Gavutne. Gavutne, that’s because they come from the villages. They, too, are our nation, our blood. We’ve got Mahdžirja. The Mahdžirja here number 25 families. The Mahdžirja are immigrants, they’ve immigrated from Niš. They don’t originate here, but they’ve come to us from Niš.