Natalia Bonanese Makes Burdel Dali Debut! & DJ Mishto Returns, & Happy Birthday to Lennon Olivia, Sarita Caye, & Alice!

Tomorrow night (Thursday), Italian gypsy fusion dancer Natalia Bonanese makes her debut at Mehanata via EL BURDEL! We’re super excited to welcome her to our floor after Yuri Yunakov performs… Watch her in action & read about her below…

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Thursday night, rain or moonshine… Catch the beautiful Italian Gypsy fusion dancer Natalia Bonanese before Yuri Yunakov & then we’re celebrating the RETURN OF DJ MISHTO! Also, the birthdays of our beautiful bitches ALICE, SARAH CAYE & LENNON! ♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫


RAPHLEX & MISHTO have your chalga sex bombs, bhangra beats, Russian festive, Bregovic anthems, Hungarian lullabies, and cumbia over-dose! The formidable Atari-Conga crew have your super-sexy Do-It-Yourself turbo-tropical percussion all night long…

$5 rakia Shots all night! Hookah, full Bulgarian food menu! Live music by Yuri Yunakov & The Grand Masters of Gypsy Music precedes our festive chaotic dance party from 10PM – 12AM. RSVP HERE!

♣ Meet Natalia, Gypsy fusion dancer from Italy ♣ 

“The name of my project is “Officina est!”. “Officina est!” is study of oriental tecnique on gypsy and klezmer music, between tradition and innovation. will be explained traditional gypsy steps to from traditional gypsy step to develop then in new contemporary vision; a fusion of the earthly power of the Roma culture and the dynamic energy of Western dance.

My dance formation is marked by numerous travel in est europe where I took direct contact with gypsy community and his musical and dance culture and collaborations with live musicians; this is the most important aspect of my activities.
I dance with great musicians like Municipale Balcanica and Rom e Gagè (the best gypsy musicians in Italy.musicians of Moni Ovadia), Marian Serban, Ibrahim Maalouf, Rocco De Rosa, and others….

I teach in in one of the best schools of oriental dance in Italy: Sanlò, and “Officina est!” have been like guest in Gypsy Dance Fest of Madrid and new talent’s stage of Bellyfusions in Paris.”

See her Thursday night at Mehanata!

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.


Jewish klezmer vs Gypsy music

There are similarities between klezmer and Roma (Gypsy) music, and fusions of the two have become very popular in recent years. There are several reasons why Jewish klezmer and Gypsy music share common elements and blend together well.

Like the Jews, the Gypsy people are an ancient ethnicity that did not originate in Europe; they are believed to be people of the Indian subcontinent who have migrated through the Near East into Europe. Also like the Jews, the Gypsy people were a separate minority group generally living on the margins of the societies of the countries in which they lived.
Both groups maintained distinct cultural identities despite being widely scattered, possessed no country or homeland of their own, and were frequent targets of expulsions, discrimination, and persecution. Like klezmer, Gypsy music is likely traditional religious Roma songs combined with the music of host countries, and influenced by Gypsy status as a wandering and often marginalized minority. Despite of all this, the music of both groups is often joyful and exemplifies the energy and fire of life and of living.
To read more

The following is a beautifull example from the movie Train de la Vie

— Raphlex

Our Homeboys Stumblebum Brass Band CD Release!

Late nights at Mehanata mean after hours brass, percussion, and accordion jam sessions and very often that means the Stumblebum brass band will roll through to express…how they feel about Lady Gaga. They just released their CD, Fuck You Lady Gaga on itunes and CD Baby. Check them out, they get the blood pumping!

Check out these crazy brass maestros from the LES on da Tweetter, Facebook and MySpace. xx

[Burdel Dali Presents] TOMORROW NIGHT!

[Burdel Dali Presents] Gypsy Punk Trans-Global Dance Party!

The Burdel Militia is back with your weekly recommended dose of scandalous boho-fun! Dance and jump to gypsy-punk, shake and shimmy to Punjabi bhangra, throw your hands up folk-music style for the lullabies and lamentations of the Roma!

Live music by Bato the Yugo & Gypsy Boogie, dance party until 4AM. Come outfitted for Shangri-La with plans to die on the dance floor.

Gypsy Punk Parranda, Remixed Russian Festive, Ex-Yugoslavian marches, Chalga, Electro, Flamenca, battle cries! Immigrant anthems by:

♪ → Raphlex (Arequipa, Peru)
♪ → DJ Mishto (Bucharest, Romania)

★ FREE ADMISSION to BURDEL DALI on our list all night.




Wine is cheap, life is short, and history repeats itself.
Hosted by Michelle Christina of Tchaikovsky Darling.

The Frank London Orchestra at Mehanata

Photos from The Frank London Orchestra‘s Super-Extravagant Post-Klezkamp Year’s-End Ethno-World Funky Funky Brass Band Blowout and Jam Session on December 30th. It’s hard to tell where the band ends and the blissed-out patrons begin… Click for high-res!

Photos by nightlifebaby.

We just caught wind of our buddy’s, the Kreptatka Bar Band, victorious return to Mehanata. It’s happening January 31st at 8:30PM so come early – click to rsvp. These boys made the gypsy festival a beautiful memory for us and we can’t wait to jump all over them – EN VIVO!!!

Also, check out fellow Mehanata resident DJ and all around stellar guy Uproot Andy in this issue of xlr8r music magazine.