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Tallava or Talava is an Albanian music genre.[1][2][3] More specifically, this music genre is originating in the 1990s within the Albanian-speaking areas of Kosovo region, created by the Ashkali minority (Albanian-speaking Romani).[4][5] The name is derived from Romani tel o vas, meaning "under the hand", referring to the Chochek dance where the hands are waved delicately.[6]

It may be identified as part of the wider pop-folk genre, with a blend of Albanian music and also primary influences from Greek (Skiladiko), Bulgarian (Chalga), Turkish (Arabesque), Arabic (Arabic pop music), and Serbian (Turbo-folk) music.

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  1. ^ Samson, Jim (2013). Music in the Balkans. BRILL. 
  2. ^ Refleksion sociologjik mbi kiçin e muzikës tallava
  3. ^ Gail Warrander and Verena Knaus (2010). Kosovo. BRADT. 
  4. ^ Erik Levi; Florian Scheding (2010). Music and Displacement: Diasporas, Mobilities, and Dislocations in Europe and Beyond. Scarecrow Press. pp. 187–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7295-0. 
  5. ^ Garth Cartwright (2005). Princes Amongst Men: Journeys with Gypsy Musicians. Serpent's Tail. ISBN 978-1-85242-877-8. 
  6. ^ Carol Silverman (24 May 2012). Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora. Oxford University Press. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-0-19-530094-9.