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Tallava or Talava is a music genre originating in Kosovo, also popular in Albania and in the Albanian-speaking communities in the Republic of Macedonia.[1][2][3] Having originated in the Roma community in Kosovo in the 1990s, it is oriental-sounding, and perceived of as low-status.[4] Nevertheless, it is becoming increasingly popular in Albania and Macedonia.[5] It is identified as part of the wider Pop-folk genre of the Southeastern Europe, which includes Chalga from Bulgaria, Skiladiko from Greece, Manele from Romania and Turbo-folk from Serbia.[6]


It originated in the 1990s within the Albanian-speaking areas of Kosovo region, created by the Ashkali minority (Albanian-speaking Romani).[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.[7] Kosovo Albanian refugees of the Kosovo War in the Republic of Macedonia had brought their music with them, including Tallava.[8] It has since also been adopted by the non-Albanian-speaking Roma in Macedonia.[5]

Popular singers[edit]

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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. ^ Samson 2013, p. 78.
  5. ^ a b c d Samson 2013, p. 79.
  6. ^ Natalie Bayer (2009). Crossing Munich. Silke Schreiber. ISBN 978-3-88960-108-7. Formen wie: tallava in Albanien, chalga in Bulgarien, skiládiko in ... in Rumänien, turbo folk in Serbien usw 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Samson 2013, p. 77.