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CEUAS MUSIC FESTIVAL

A PLACE WHERE ROMA AND 'GADJE' PLAY MUSIC TOGETHER

Shanyika and Angela, a Rromani couple

Now that our festival is a success, I would like to officially introduce Shanyika and Angela, the power couple who is behind all this. When I first arrived in their house one and a half years ago, I discovered that a lot of ideas I had about Roma were wrong. For instance, that marriage at a young age should be banned.  

Married for 14 years, Shani is now 32 years old and Angela 29. They have 2 children, a 13 year old girl and a 9 year old boy. When I was sleeping in their home, I heard the parents talking and talking in their room, before going to sleep at night. So in the morning I asked them if they were fighting. They started laughing and told me they never fight. Since I didn't believe that could be possible, Shani said with a blink of an eye that whenever Angela is mad at him, he waits 5 minutes and then he makes a joke. And Angela replied that when Shani goes away with his music jobs, it is a good thing because they miss each other. All decisions, they take them together, and then they share their tasks. I've had a few great humanity lessons when talking to them.

What they have achieved might be something close to true family love. This must be why I felt so happy in their home.