Shukar Collective (from the Romany word Shukar or Şucar, meaning “fine”) is a Romanian musical group which fuses traditional Romany and electronic music. It is especially known for using traditional rhythms employed by the Ursari section of the Roma minority with contemporary electronic sampling. They generally mix various sounds produced by tapping spoons or other domestic objects with those produced on analog synthesizers.
The concept that led to the success of the group belongs to Paul Țanicui, Romanian film director who discovered the ursari musicians Tamango, Napoleon and Classic that he would later name “Shukar”. Short time after, Romanian musicians Dj Vasile, Dan Handrabur (aka Dreamdoktor), Cristi Stanciu (aka Matze) and Vlaicu Golcea came with the compositions of the first Shukar Collective album, “Taves Bahtalo!”/ “Urban Gypsy”.

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