WOMAD this year features: Afrocubism , Alpha Blondy, Baaba Maal, Bellowhead, Dub Colossu, Ebo Taylor, Gogol Bordell0, Penguin Café, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Susheela Raman and Taraf de Haidouks Continue reading WOMAD – Charlton Park 28-31 July 2011
It’s probably stating the obvious but for all sorts of reasons, the music from the Balkans can be found all over the globe in various adaptations but this latest compilation on Green Queen Music is a healthy thermometer, London is the place for Balkan Fever London: mind the brass!
Don’t be put off by the cover as the debut solo album from the bassist in Gogol Bordello’ band is far-I more than anything that Bordello has done for a long time; a new world star!
The morning the after the night before sees Manny Pacquiao definitely the hottest “For President” candidate in the world right now but on a music front, its Peyoti For President that leads the way as he surfs the rising tide of conformity with a mix of world beats and political pop-punk!
The Kolpakov Trio and Eugene Hutz were billed as the headline act, and many, I would guess, had come to see the lead singer of Gogol Bordello do an acoustic set. But it was the ‘support’, Mahala Rai Banda who stole the show
All that’s good and bad from a scene on two discs. Fabulous diversity with music that leaps language barriers to grab you by the heart on the one hand but it’s still a closed shop
Gogol Bordello’s live shows have been called the greatest on earth. Stories of stage invasions, crowd surfing and bouncer-baiting are now legendary. The New York-Ukrainian punk band did not disappoint.
In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in all things Balkan. With Fanfare Ciocarlia receiving international attention, Taraf de Haidouks being widely touted as Johnny Depp’s favourite band, Shantel conquering the globe’s more eclectic dancefloors with his Bucovina Club releases and Eugene Hutz of gypsy punk outfit Gogol Bordello starring in the recent screen adaptation of ‘Everything’s Illuminated’, the stock of this oft-neglected corner of Europe has rarely been higher.