Teresa Mirga & Kałe Bała / Poland
Romani poet, singer, guitarist, composer, founder and leader of a Romani band Kałe Bała (Black Hair).
Teresa Mirga (Spisz/Poland)
Romani poet, singer, founder and leader of Roma band Kałe Bała (Black Hair). She was born and raised in Polish Spisz, in the Roma settlement in Czarna Góra, where she lives until this day. In addition to her own works, Teresa Mirga also performs songs belonging to the musical tradition of the Bergitka Roma; her creative search, the use of various styles and repertoires and her deep-rooted awareness of her own musical tradition have allowed her to create an original style in which poetry and religious music occupy an important place.
She presents her work during solo performances and together with the band Kałe Bała, which she founded in 1992. She has released several albums and recorded for Polish Radio and Television. Teresa Mirga’s poetry was published in three volumes of poetry: Soske kawka? (1992), Pieśni z Czarnej Góry (1999) and Wiersze i pieśni (2006).
In addition to Teresa Mirga’s own works and the melodies of the Hungarian Roma, the ensemble also performs songs belonging to the Roma musical traditions of Slovakia, the Balkan Peninsula and old songs (purane gila) of the Carpathian Gypsies in both traditional and new arrangements. Recalling the oldest and forgotten melodies, the musicians of Kałe Bała bring to life the magical world of the Bergitka Roma, with his passion, joy, sadness and nostalgia.
Teresa Mirga – vocals, guitar
Jacek Kacica – jug, cajón, oral bass
Maciek Rybka – accordion
Piotr Hortmanowicz – flamenco guitar
Jonah Mirga – darabouka, spoons
The concert took place in 2016.