Heino has been an integral part of the German Schlager scene for over 50 years. The singer of “Blue in bloom” is a cult figure and a welcome guest. So popular that he kept delaying the end of his career. In line with this, he has now released his new album “Teure Heimat”. In the songs he sings German folk songs and that's where political correctness stops for him.
I don't understand why you suddenly can't call gypsy sauce that anymore
In August 2020, the Knorr brand renamed its "gypsy sauce" to "paprika sauce Hungarian style". "Because the term 'gypsy sauce' can be interpreted negatively, we have decided to give our Knorr sauce a new name," the statement said.
Not much will change for Heino though. "I don't understand why you're suddenly not allowed to call gypsy sauce that anymore. As if we didn't have any other problems in Germany. I will continue to sing songs like 'The gypsy life is funny'," Heino told the "Bild". The folk song originally came from Mara Kayser and is one of the German Schlager classics. Heino wants it to stay that way. He goes on to say: "Should I now sing 'The paprika life is funny, the Hungarian way'? Do you want to rename the famous operetta 'The Gypsy Baron' by Johann Strauss to 'The Sinti and Roma Baron'? That doesn't make any sense to me."
According to his own statements, Heino had many Sinti and Roma friends in the past and they are said to have never been bothered by the term "gypsy sauce".