Nathaniel Morris

is a historian and writer based in London. Much of his work explores the contentious nature of encounters between mainstream political movements and marginalized cultures, in the Balkans, Caucasus and Latin America.


‘O father, what have you done?’

Recovering the golden age of Yugoslavia's Roma music

Researching Yugoslav Roma music, Philip Knox and Nat Morris tour the Balkans in search of the real thing. They find it in Skopje, in the person of Esma Redzepova – the self-styled Queen of Gypsy music. From the ghetto to a Nobel prize nomination, Esma claims never to have produced “anything but Roma music of the utmost purity”.

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