This year’s programme is packed with docs about musicians and subjects ranging from Hole drummer Patty Schemel, to A Tribe Called Quest, to Genesis P-Orridge, to a record shop in Newcastle Upon Tyne, to Roma gypsies and Slovakians, to 2 men who shout a lot at each other (not so much music as a cult phenomenon), to Queen, to Justin Bieber, to Miriam Makeba, to Michael Nyman, to Siddheswari Devi to more
We love culture from marginalised communities around the world, but what of our own? 100 metres from where I write this, Roma live in a crook of a flyover, their children had never known asthma until they were moved there. Some of their fellow children have been involved in writing a book for other children to enjoy
There’s no letting up for the Serbo-Croat superstar as he gathers his Wedding and Funeral Band for a mighty blast of Romany polyphony
MySpace does the business again as London-based Israeli singer Mor Karbasi blossoms from internet rumour to new and exciting prospect in one highly-accomplished step
On paper, it’s not too promising: a collection of wedding songs played by master clarinettist. The reality though is a thrilling tour de force of a region’s music refracted through the prism of its most intense social experience.
A flawed but admirable attempt at combining modern beats and traditional Balkan music.
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.