International Roma anthem
Published Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:46
Anthem. Composed by Yugoslavian Roma Jarko Jovanovic, the song is known by the first two words of its lyrics “Gelem, gelem”, which means “I went, I went".
The International Roma anthem was officially adopted in the First International Roma Congress, which took place in London in 1971.
The song remembers the genocide suffered by the Roma people during World War II, which meant the persecution and extermination of more than half a million Roma:
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