We are K.A.G.E !
What does K.A.G.E mean?
K - K-Flow
A - And
G - Gipsy in
E - Exile
We are two Roma brothers Kefaet aka K-Flow and Selami aka Gypsy from Germany. Kefaet is born in Kosovo and left Kosovo when he was four years old with his parents and older brother, and Selami is born in Germany in Essen. In May 2010 because of political agreements between Kosovo and Germany, we got deported to Kosovo, a country we never have never been to in which our parents grew up… We are one of the 2000 who are deported to Kosovo and about 10 000 awaiting their deportation in Germany.
The day we crossed the Kosovo land for the first time, we meet Sami Mustafa, a film director, and he immediately started to make a documentary about us. By the end of this year 2014 (after 4 long years following us) the film will come out.
It is time that we make use our best tools we have - write and compose a hip-hop songs about our experience.
Who are We?
We are musicians; we write and compose hip-hop songs and mostly songs about-facing this racistic issue of deportation, mistreatment and we want to show it by recording album “Kage”. This music will be also be used as a soundtrack for Nakhino feature documentary film produced by Romawood.
(Check the trailer here Nakhino / Long Way Back).
Nakhino trailer made in 2011. nakhinomovie.wordpress.com
Living in Kosovo for the last four years, we feel no less than living in a Cage. We cannot visit/see our parents, our older brother and Kefaets two children are still living in Germany – for us this represents the cage we live in “K.A.G.E”.
No human is less than a another. The album inspired by our own ethnical background and history provoked by the system which is pushing to divide people which goes against the believes of the Roma being.
Whats the Songs About?
The product reflects tolerance; solidarity, unity, social integration and inter-cultural education influenced by the journey the artists forced to experience of unexpected situation (struggling to survive in Kosovo). And represents a verbal protest against violation of our basic human rights – a right to live where we belong… we face situations all over Balkan by trying to survive and facing several mental, social, emotional and economical problems within the society and government across Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia and Kosovo.
Which tells a Roma/gipsy story in an original way, the situations that are used in the lyrics are stories that were being witnessed by the brothers, such as mistreating or abusing human rights and even worse ignored human rights in and around the East and Eastern-Europe.
The K.A.G.E album is a colorful mix of different music genres, languages and artists inspired by the old slavery and black music culture (jazz, blues, funk, soul, Hip-Hop, R&B, dancehall, Indie rock, alternative, oriental jazz, ethno music and many more) mixed with a very wide pool of several guests taking part in this album/compilation presented to you by Kefaet (K-Flow) Prizreni and Selami (Gipsy) Prizreni.
Alles Varbannt - Kosovo 2012
Alles Verbant was produce as a protest video shown in the Germany against the Roma deportation in December 2012.
Gipsu, K-Flow, Rajahman ft Broken Melody for The Messes by Romadness 2013.
Selami aka Gipsy (left) Kefaet aka K-Flow (right) cc by Lukaz
Sami Mustafa, producer and director of Nakhino documentary film. www.romawood.wordpress.com
Selami and Kefaet performing during the Roma festival at the capital of Kosovo, 2012ccSami
Kefaet and Selami performing for Rolling Film Festival www.rollingfilm.org 2011ccSami
You can find some videos/articles about us if you google it as well or simply fallow the Nakhino Movie on our Facebook page.
For more information about the Nakhino movie and us, please check here: http://nakhinomovie.wordpress.com