We’re super excited to share this video we edited from our Golden Fest footage. Check out our photos of the event if you didn’t already.

Email subscribers, click here to watch the video (and don’t forget: full screen & HD!!)


Burdelitos  ♪ ♫  ♪ ♫

Fund Raya Brass Band’s Record Production!

Because they are an amazing local band who deserve to be helped out!

On a cold January day a couple of years ago, at the very beginning of the Raya Brass Band oddysey, we recorded our first album in the living room in my small apartment in Prospect Heights. After celebrating the two year anniversary of our band and our namesake, we went into a real studio and recorded the music for our next album. In two sessions we laid down 17 tunes and the results sound amazing! We’re part way into the mixing process now and are getting excited to hear the final results.

We had some money set aside to track and mix this album, but now we’re out and there’s a lot left to be done. We still have to master the album, pay for artwork, duplication, and publicity. If we raise enough money we’d love to put out a limited edition LP for those of you with turntables.

So, this is where YOU come in.

To fund the production for this record, Raya Brass Band is using an innovative new (well, not really that new anymore, but maybe it’s new to you…) platform called Kickstarter. Essentially, YOU (our friends, family, relations and fans) can donate small, medium and large sums of money in exchange for rewards. It’s a lot like an NPR pledge drive, but we’ve got better rewards than a tote bag or a coffee mug. You can think of it as an advance purchase, as encouragement to continue making great music, as a gift.

Please take a look and help us out. Even $5 or $3 or $1 helps. Of course, so does $10, 20, $50, $100. And please tell your friends about it using all the social links you could possibly need on the Kickstarter page and old fashioned word of mouth. Maybe you know somebody else who would really love to help fund Brooklyn’s own village Balkan brass band! The catch is that the drive is all or nothing. If we don’t raise our $5,000 goal in the next 30 days, we won’t see any of the money.

Click this link to go to the page where you can find out more about our Kickstarter campaign and to make a pledge:

To find out more about Raya Brass Band, go to:

Thanks so much for any help you can give as we go from tracks on hard drive to a fully realized CD. We appreciate your support!

Raya Brass Band at Balkan Shout Out:

Raya Brass Band sleeping on a bridge/playing some great tunes:

Raya Brass Band in less clothing than usual at the Russian Baths:


—Burdel Family


Friends, lovers, and enemies… we are thrilled to present our first promotional video – filmed & edited by Mishka.

This is the visual/audio manifestation of one amazing year – our friends, Burdel regulars, and the musicians wh0 inspire us are directly responsible and represented in the best way we could manage with the random footage we collected along the way. Please watch, enjoy, and pass along! OPA! ☆

Song: Zdob Si Zdub – Videli Noci

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

[BURDEL DALI PRESENTS] is a crazed celebration of world music, cross-cultural dance floor throw-downs, international dress codes, and trans-global festivity.

Spawned from the minds of gypsy-sympathizing, globe-trotting artists and music-lovers DJ Mishto (Bucharest, Romania) & Raphlex (Arequipa, Peru), the party began as a Thursday night free-for-all at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar in downtown NYC.

They became maestros of Balkan anthems, gypsy lamentations, and a formidable plethora of festive soundtracks from across the universe. Michelle Christina (Mishka) of became the party’s host in Summer 2009 and the three have taken their circus from the wooden walls of the Bulgarian bar to the basements of Bushwick, abandoned airport fields, and everywhere in between.

They represent the first sparkling, melodic hints of what is becoming the most exciting scene to hit New York/Global nightlife in years.

Bands Featured at [Burdel Dali Presents] have included the infamous Mames Babegenush (Denmark), the illustrious Kreptatka Bar Band (NJ, USA), and downtown NYC gypsy music staples like Outernational, BAD BUKA, and Avram Pengas.

The after party routinely features epic world-wide soundtracks that mix the anthems of fallen nations with modern day pop and jacked up dance, all adequately saturated with regional audacity and vibrations of artistic, musical, and emotional revolution.

Patrons of the Burdel dance to Bulgarian chalga, Russian gypsy folk songs, klezmer wedding marches, Hungarian lullabies, and Punjabi bhangra beats in the span of a few hours. This caravan of culture and festivity is branching out in Summer 2010 to bring a bit of gypsy flavor to whoever is willing to listen. For now you can find them every Thursday night at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar. 113 Ludlow in the LES.

Lastly, check out this sexy photo by Jói Kjartans via Dazed Digital. Familiar hat?! See more photos and the write-up here.

Jói Kjartans

The Thursday throw-down, and finally – a photo update!

We’ve had a few straight weeks of pure pleasantry – tribal dancers, confetti getting into Mishto’s laptop keyboard, great people who have been added to our phone directories for future folk-dancing/shot-taking, and inspiration to take this festive gathering to a new level.

Spring Fest Weekend!

Dhyana and Irina danced for us Thursday and Saturday, with Raya Brass Band.

That night we learned that BALKAN ROBOTS exist. Wowwww.

Sarah tearing apart the shot-selling competition! How can you say no to this face?

Thanks to all who came out – we’re about to get balkan-bananas again tomorrow night, so come out and forget about everything else for a few hours:

Thursday night – come learn something about human anatomy & shake yo’ shit!

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

THURSDAY NIGHT! Bands on both levels of the club will get you shakin before Mishto & Raphlex teach you something about rhythm, cultural diffusion, and human anatomy…

Come stomp around to the trans-global tunes and immigrant anthems, have some hookah and a gypsy burger, and get NEEDLESSLY PASSIONATE! It’ll be hard to out-do last week, but we can try…






Photography by nightlifebaby and Tchaikovsky Darling.
Wine is cheap, life is short, and history repeats itself!

Shake it like a beached mermaid: Burdel Dali in Resort Mode!

As belly dance makes a tribal comeback on the dollar-strewn floor of Mehanata and Burdel Dali broadcasts another deliciously saturated re-run of Devdas, anticipation grows for the best summer ever…

We’ve been busy with gypsy camp / gypsy festival plans, mixtape mixing, and hunting the perfect glass of sour lemonade in the LES. So far, Cake Shop wins. Many thanks to our hospitable, talented comrades for a wonderful weekend.


… Heads up for this week’s party flier!