Balkan Beat Box

Balkan Beat Box

by Balkan Beat Box

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Balkan Beat Box

If saxophonist Ori Kaplan left the shambolic Gogol Bordello for any particular reason, it wasn’t for a more sedate musical setting. His band with fellow Israeli expat Tamir Muskat is a frenetically paced Eastern Bloc party in Gogol’s anarchic, multiculti spirit -- the difference is that where Eugene Hutz’s Ukrainian mob favored Gypsy-flavored speed metal, BBB is inspired by Bulgarian polyphony and Jamaican dancehall. Muskat, drummer with New York’s Big Lazy, spins a panoply of rhythms, from martial brass-band bombast to hip-hop, Moroccan trance, samba, and beyond while Kaplan leads a fiery horn section that slides from Eastern wedding music to New Orleans second-line shenanigans. Dropping primitive samples -- sirens, radio blasts, teakettles -- and employing a merry-go-round of singers and rappers in English, Arabic, Spanish, and Bulgarian, the BBB is a bracing barrage, something of a world encyclopedia of noise. In addition to the prodigious musicianship displayed, the key to the band’s success, both live and on record, is the utter lack of irony and self-consciousness. Confrontational, rude, and extremely fun, Balkan Beat Box is a bull in a world-music china shop -- breaking out soon to a venue near you.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2009
Label: Jdub Records
UPC: 0893209010310
catalogNumber: 103
Rank: 67868

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Balkan Beat Box 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For us Middle Americans, Balkan Beat Box is one fun ride. Alternately hip, edgy and traditional-bordering-on-ancient, these beats will make you smile and get you bumping along with them - as in a camel ride, or is it the New York subway?
TribalDancer More than 1 year ago
Great music to belly dance to. The music makes me smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago