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by World Music Network February 11, 2014


Celebrate Winter Olympics With Half Price Russian Gypsies Album!

The 2014 Winter Olympics brings together athletes from 88 countries throughout the world to compete in Sochi, Russia. With events as varied as snowboarding, curling, skeleton and ice hockey - we thought we'd set the mood with the WMN soundtrack to the games The Rough Guide To The Music Of Russian Gypsies.To celebrate, we are offering this album half price* for the duration of the Winter Olympics.

*offer valid until 23 February 2014

RGNET1214The Rough Guide To The Music Of Russian Gypsies

Infectious and volatile, Russian Gypsy music reflects a vibrant culture that has triumphed in the face of adversity. Driven by the distinctive seven-stringed guitar, this release celebrates the enduring strength of Russian Gypsy culture.

**Includes bonus album by The Koplakov Duo**

'stirring compilation featuring the little-heard music of Russia’s sizable ‘Ruska-Roma’ Gypsy population.’ Limelight (Australia)

'plenty of agile playing and yearning' 3*** stars, Songlines

Whilst our athletes deserve all of our support, perhaps we ought to bear in mind that they are not the only ones that are in need of encouragement. Leading up to the games, Russia received a lot of critique regarding their anti-gay laws, as well as for the the sudden release of political prisoners, such as the two members of punk-rock band Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, which was considered by the latter as a propaganda stunt. When the games in Sochi started, the daily doodle on the Google website was in the colours of the LGBT-flag, and included the following quote:
“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” –Olympic Charter