ShazaLaKazoo on Balkan Music and their new album Monobrow

It’s not breaking news that we are huge fans of this Serbian duo since we started our mission disseminating transglobal music, more than 5 years ago at Burdel Dali.

ShazaLaKazoo surprised us again with a superb album, which they cleverly named, Monobrow, as a poetic image of spatially separate cultures, united by a bridge.

We asked them more about the album:

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Photo via ShakaLaKazoo 

Burdel Dali : For those new to the Balkan scene, can you give us a quick flashback to how Shazalakazoo got started?

ShazalaKazoo: Hello Burdel familia, we are ShazaLaKazoo from Belgrade, Serbia! The roots of ShazaLaKazoo are quite old… We were formed in the mid 90`s as a 5-member band. In 1998 we started to produce electronic music as a duo, creating all kinds of genres, but became more Balkan-oriented somewhere in 2006.

We have seen the Balkan music projects made by non-Balkan people emerging all over Europe in mid-2000’s so we just thought like – okay, let’s present our musical heritage in the way we find more real. But after some years we were a bit bored with doing only Balkan music with electronic so we decided to merge it with other styles from the countries from Non Aligned Movement, notably from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East – so this sound was created. We call it the “Folkstep”. You call it as you wish. everything’s fine.

BD : How long a project was it to finish Monobrow? What are the highlights?

S:It took us approximately two and half years to finish it. Just because we were too laid back. It could be done in a year or so. The process is simple – we make beats, then contact the artist with whom we want to collaborate (vocalists and instrumentalists), record them (or they record themselves if they live in other countries), then we mix it all up.

I can’t remember the highlights really, as the making process was too long. Ok maybe i do – it’s the recording of excellent trumpet/trombone player Milos Nikolic – one guy that recorded the whole Gypsy brass band on some of our tracks. Incredible.

BD : Which artists were you most excited to work with?

S: We were excited about them all! We have a lot of guests in MONOBROW: Argentinians (Miss Bolivia, Fauna), Brazilians (Chernobyl, Suppa Fla, Zuzuka Poderosa), Serbian Gypsies (Roma Sijam, Romano Duruli, Sinan Acifovic), Spanish (MishMish) and of course our fellow Serbs/Bosnians/Croats (Milos Nikolic, Las Balkanieras, Miroslav Cucukovic).. Three continents, 11 nations, many styles. It’s a kind of World stew with predominant spices from the Balkan peninsula.

BD : What do you see for the future of the global Balkan music scene?

S: I don’t know about the scene, but I know about the music – it’s here to stay and develop. Actually, Balkan music was always present, it’s a live organism, it was only the question whether it’s in the spot internationally or not. As I said in “Balkan’s Not Dead” track: “It hasn’t sunk into the murky depths of Danube.. It is still here, fresher than ever…”

BD : What is the mission of Shazalakazoo?

S : The only mission i can think of is to make people dance, regardless of their ethnic/racial background. We do music for dance, no subliminal messages, no messages at all. Just dance. It’s simple and effective. There’s too much trouble around us anyway so why should we think about it when we go to the club/festival?

BD : And of course, we want to know if you have plans to visit New York sometime soon!

S : We’d like to do it as soon as possible. But no plans so far on the horizon. As always – there’s problem with US visas, expensive flight tickets, etc, etc. But sooner or later – we will come. We have to.

 

The album is available on iTunes and Soundcloud

 

Special thanks to ShazaLaKazoo.

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Raphlex

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Bogota on fire with Emir Kusturica

“Emir Kusturica and his band were greeted for the second time in Bogota by over a thousand people drunk with happiness on a memorable 27 of March.

What started as a tour full of cigarettes, beer, salsa dancing, traditional food, liquor and a visit to the football stadium of the city, became a performance with all the power of Eastern Europe, featuring an explosive presentation, closing with the irrepressible energy of these party animals. For two hours they shook the city with the anthems and chants all balkanistas long dream of witnessing .

“Bravo! ” Was the ovation given to the No Smoking Orchestra,  and rock band Burning Gypsy Caravan, who got the audience hot and ready for the final chaos.

This concert was definitely a great achievement for the Colombian Balkan scene, an audience of music lovers and night owls that has gown over the years, infecting them with the nostalgia of gypsy music that will continue traveling the world of fiery souls.”

By Doktor Chiflamikas, Translated by Raphlex. Doctor Chiflamicas is founder of The Folka Rumba and the Balkan scene in Colombia.

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Success~! Emir Kusturica and Outernational @ViVe Latino 2014 in Mexico

We are very happy to know that our friends from Outernational shared the stage with larger than life film director and lead singer of The No Smoking Orchestra : Emir Kusturica and that created a circus that made everybody  dance.

Big Shout out to DJ Disko Balkan: Blacky for the hard work managing the Emir Kusturica & TNSO appearance at the ViVe Latino. According to DJ PoodleCannon ( who was among the VIP DJ guests ), ” the performance was an enormous Serbian 3-ring circus!”

 

 

Mexitanos (Mexican-Gypsies) by Valentina Siniego

Mexitanos is a photo documentary about Mexican-gypsies in the lens of Valentina Siniego. The Burdel will be attending this already interesting art show today at La Esquina. For more information please take a look of the flyer…. Apparently it will be follow by a dance party. 6-9pm + Beyond.
–Raphlex.

Burdel Dali teams up tonight with AlieNation in “DO YOU WANT TO GET ABDUCTED?”

Day? Tonight SUNDAY MAY 22, 2011

The official landing of The AlieNatioN dance single “GET ABDUCTED!”
by THE ILLUMINATOR with GIRLS LIKE BASS

Where? where else? Aliens would only land here….MEHANATA 113 Ludlow St.(near Delancey) Lower East Side NYC
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Spaceship opens at 9pm
Free admission from 9pm-11pm
$10 after 11pm

Live Alien Abduction at 12 midnite

AlieNatioN & WetCircuit providing visual stimulation & probing all night long
Special performance by Mini-Michael Jackson and other-worldly visitors
DJ Mishto & Raphlex of [Burdel Dali Presents] spinning Space Gypsy Electro-Balkan Anthems
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@ MEHANATA the Utimate Drunken-Balkan Disco Divebar goes Intergalactic!!
Drink, Smoke Hookah, Eat & Dance your tentacles off!
Imagine the STAR WARS Cantina…..gone wild!!

Balkan Hotsteppers one hot step ahead

We [@ Burdel Dali] always pay close attention to what surrounds us in a daily basis and what is going on in our young always changing musical universe.
The Balkan Hotsteppers represent what every dj desires… knowledge, skill and a tireless obsession for making things smooth and more festive than they already are.

from their profile:
Formed back in 2006 by Belgian DJ’s Sam Rabam and Typsy Gypsy, the infamous Balkan Hotsteppers released trendsetting mixtapes on the internet. Combining modern beats with classical Balkan, gypsy and klezmer melodies and mashing it up with hip-hop, they soon became a standard in the evergrowing European BalkanBeats scene.

Four years later they have played all over Europe: Belgium, France, Holland, Ireland, UK, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal. Their unique blend will take you on a eclectic trip to the balkans and beyond. Balkan Mashups, Klezmer Beats, Gypsy Punk, Russian Ska, Romano Hip Hop, Yugoslavian Brass Bangers,…!

We at Burdel Dali salute you Balkan Hotsteppers! You have a house and a podium in New York city.

—raphlex

A must to see movie at the IFC right now: My Perestroika

It’s not a biggie to find out that most of our fellow russian friends, especially those at my age (early 30’s) identify with the fabricated reality that was the soviet union for the children.

My Perestroika is apparently a superb movie/documentary about a deeply personal look at the growth of Communism from Lenin through the breakup of the Soviet Union to the election of Vladimir Putin, through the lense of a child.

My Perestroika distinguishes itself from the outset as a far more humanistic treatment of this still-touchy subject matter than a great deal of films that arrive in the US. Opening and closing on the annual First of September celebration (the first day of school in Russia), Hessman’s film volleys between the past and present, using a generous assemblage of old pictures, newsreels, promotional footage, home videos, Marxist jingles, punk rock, and boatloads of propaganda in various forms, to reconstruct the popular culture landscape that these interviewees lived through. In turn, the interviewees emit their own personal histories of living under Communism while going about their extremely varied day-to-day existences, far removed and even a bit nostalgic for what one subject calls the “beautiful Soviet reality“.
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The following is the official trailer of the movie….A movie i will go see this weekend before going to DJ our weekly party

—Raphlex.