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Dance of the Roma: How a Russian Guitarist From Charlotte Wound up on Tour With Madonna

Mark Kemp, Creative Loafing, 28 March 2018

THE YEAR WAS 2008. Charlotte-based Russian guitar virtuoso Vadim Kolpakov was onstage in front of 60,000 Madonna fans packed into Park Izvor in Bucharest, Romania. Kolpakov and his uncle Alexander – the most famous Romany guitarist in Russia – were on tour with the American pop icon to perform the music and dance of Roma culture for hundreds of thousands of Madonna fans around the world.

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