Vera Bila

Vera Bila: Czech musician dies at the age of 64 years


The Czech RomanySinger Vera Bila is dead. She died in Pilsen as a result of a heart attack, according to news portal Romea.cz, citing the family. Bila, in Czech Republic celebrated as the "Queen of Gypsy Pop", was 64 years old.

With her then band Kale, the artist was internationally successful around the turn of the millennium. She appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival, singing in front of the former US president Bill Clinton and was a guest at the Paris Olympia.

She sings to save the Roma language, Bila once said. She was born on May 22, 1954 in Rokycany, West Bohemia, to a well-known musical dynasty, the Gina family. Even as a child, she performed at celebrations and weddings. The breakthrough came in 1995 with their first CD "Rom pop", followed by "Kale kalore" and "Rovava". Her music moved between melancholy and dancing lightness.

Vera Bila is said to have planned a comeback

In personal life Bila suffered many fatalities. After the death of her adoptive son in 2013, her husband died shortly thereafter. She herself fell to the media reports that gambling, was sick and destitute. But now a comeback was planned. This coming Friday, Bila should return to the stage after a long break with a new formation. Until the end she should have rehearsed for it.

It is estimated that between 200,000 and 300,000 Roma live in the Czech Republic. Many members of the minority are discriminated against and live in poverty.

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