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Gelem, Gelem is the anthem of the Roma people. It is known by many (often similar names) including "Gyelem, Gyelem", "Dzelem, Dzelem","Dželem, Dželem", "Djelem, Djelem", "Ђелем, Ђелем", "Ѓелем, Ѓелем","Џелем, Џелем", "Джелем, джелем" (cyrillic), "Opré Roma" and "Romale Shavale".

After the devastation suffered by the Roma during the Porajmos, Jarko Jovanović composed the words and set them to a traditional melody. The Romany song was adopted by delegates of the first World Romani Congress in 1971.


Gelem, gelem, lungone dromensa
Maladilem bakhtale Romensa
A Romale katar tumen aven,
E tsarensa bahktale dromensa?

A Romale, A Chavale

Vi man sas ek bari familiya,
Murdadas la e kali legiya
Aven mansa sa lumniake Roma,
Kai putaile e romane droma
Ake vriama, usti Rom akana,
Men khutasa misto kai kerasa

A Romale, A Chavale

I went, I went on long roads
I met happy Roma
O Roma where do you come from,
With tents on happy roads?

O Roma, O brothers

I once had a great family,
The Black Legions murdered them
Come with me Roma from all the world
For the Roma roads have opened
Now is the time, rise up Roma now,
We will rise high if we act

O Roma, O brothers


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