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As some of you may have heard, there’s a new record in the making… one that we hope will be BECOME an INTERNATIONAL DANCE SENSATION while simultaneously PAYING OUR RESPECTS to the legendary Šaban Bajramović!!!
This band is currently in the process of recording a full-length album to be completed in 2014. While there is no Kickstarter or Indiegogo, we welcome any amount of support you are able to give to this project. DONATE HERE!Any contribution over $25 will be considered a pre-sale (you’ll get a copy of the album when it comes out). To the right of this message, you’ll find a link to PayPal. THANK YOU ALL!!!!!
Re-imagined songs of Balkan Romani legends from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, but this is not just a “Balkan Band”. Currently underway is the project’s first recording, a tribute record to the legendary Šaban Bajramović, an incredible Romani singer and composer from Southern Serbia who passed away in 2008. The record features Šaban’s songs, transformed by a capable and imaginative group of world-class musicians, and breaks free of genre, incorporating different forms of contemporary dance music while saluting and honoring one of Romani music’s all-time greatest voices.
The commanding, luscious voice of Eva Salina brings a distinctive new sound to a previously male repertoire. Eva’s translation of Šaban’s songs is a collaborative effort with some of the brightest lights in NYC, including Frank London (trumpet, alto horn, keyboards, arranging), Patrick Farrell (accordion, alto horn, farfisa, arranging), Ron Caswell (tuba, arranging), John Carlson (trumpet, arranging), Peter Stan (accordion), and Brandon Seabrook (guitar, arranging). The record includes numerous friends from both the US and the Balkans, including Deep Singh (tabla, dhol, dholak, percussion), Mathias Kunzli (percussion), Seido Salifoski (tapan/davul), Enis Alimanovski (tapan–Kočani Orkestar, Macedonia)
This project, while deeply rooted in love and respect for Balkan Romani music, takes an energetic and refreshing departure from the strict traditionalism that so often interfers with the natural evolution of culture. These courageous, witty, hard-hitting musicians bring with them distinct musical personalities and lifetimes of diverse musical experience, forming a new and exciting sound.
bookevasalina at gmail dot com for more information. media coming soon.