New Mahala Raï Banda video

“Balkan Reggae – The Dub Mixes” by Mahala Raï Banda is the first ever album where Balkan Gypsy music meets the dreads uptown! The album will be out on Asphalt Tango Records on March 22nd 2013. It’s preceded by this cool new video:

New Koby Israelite video

“Subterranean Homesick Blues” (feat.Annique) taken from Koby Israelite’s new album “Blues from elsewhere”, out on Asphalt Tango Records, march 2013.

The return of Balkan Brass World

After a hiatus of nearly 18 months Balkan Brass World is back! We are currently migrating our website from Blogger to WordPress. This means that you can come across broken links and pages that have not been migrated yet. Please bear with us and…. please send us news, tour dates and other info you would like to share, because we will be updating the website on a regular basis again, starting today!

Balkan Brass Battle on tour

14.10.2011 Strasbourg (F) Le Maillon
15.10.2011 Strasbourg (F) Le Maillon
19.10.2011 Paris (F) Cabaret Sauvage
22.10.2011 Marseille (F) Fiesta des Suds
24.10.2011 Bremen (D) Schlachthof
01.11.2011 Cologne (D) Kölner Philharmonie
02.11.2011 Halle / S. (D) Steintor Variete
03.11.2011 Oslo (N) Rockefeller Concert Hall
04.11.2011 Helsinki (FIN) The Circus

Dunkelbunt USA/Canada Tour 2011

Good news from the [dunkelbunt] sound kitchen. They are back on tour and bringing their Viennese Melange over the Big Pond.

After touring Canada and the USA for four years as a DJ, they are very proud and happy to announce their live project [dunkelbunt] & The Secret Swing Society!

North America 2011 Tourdates:

09|29 – Montreal – La Sala Rossa (CA)
09|30 – Toronto – Small World Music Festival – Great Hall (CA)
10|01 – New York City – New York Gypsy Festival – Drom (US)
10|02 – New York City – Austrian Cultural Forum (US)
10|02 – Vancouver – The Waldorf Hotel (CA)
10|06 – San Francisco – Afrolicious – Elbo Room (US)
10|07 – Richmond – Acro Yoga Festival – Craneway Pavilion (US)
10|08 – San Francisco – West Coast Hemp Expo – The Cow Palace (US) – early show!!!
10|08 – Oakland – The Oakland Metro Operahouse (US) – late show!!!

Balkan Brass Battle Tour kicks off big

“It has the air of a boxing match with a rowdy and expectant crowd. On the left, one trumpeter appears, on the right, another. They eye each other up and as you are distracted by the musical phrases they are swapping, an army of musicians appears behind each of them. It’s the night after the Eurovision Song Contest, but you feel it’s a much more fiercely fought competition that is about to take place.” That’s what The Guardian wrote about their gig in Budapest.

The Balkan Brass Battle is touring successfully through European cities and the competition for the title “King of Balkan Brass” is getting tighter. Watch out for the gig in your town because for Leipzig, Berlin and Gent are only few tickets left.

UT Connewitz, Leipzig, D, 26 May
Huxley’s, Berlin, D, 27 May
Handelsbeurs, Gent, B, 28 May
Int. Gypsy Festival, Tilburg, NL, 29 May
Mosebacke Terassen, Stockholm, S, 20 June
Festival of North Norway, Harstad, NO, 22 June
MED Festival, Algarve, P, 25 June
Pohoda Festival, Trencin, SK, 07 July
Lent Festival, Maribor, SL, 08 July
Zeltival, Karlsruhe, D, 09 July
Kulturfestival, St. Gallen, CH, 12 July
Kultur Arena, Jena, D, 13 July
Colours of Ostrava, Ostrava, CZ, 14 July
tba, Strasbourg, F, 14 Oct
tba, Strasbourg, F, 15 Oct
Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne, D, 01 Nov
Dom Musyki, Moscow, RUS, 29 Jan 2012
Den Atelier, Luxembourg, L, 11 May 2012

Listen to both bands on SoundCloud:

15th International Gipsy Festival, Tilburg (NL)

Sunday May 29 2011
Interpolistuin, Spoorlaan 298 Tilburg
13.30 – 21.00 hours – Garden open: 12.30 hours

– Orkestar Braka Kadrievi (MK)

13.30 Koninklijk Zigeunerorkest Roma Mirando (NL)
15.30 Kálmán Balogh & the Gipsy Cimbalom Band (HU)
17.30 Fatima Spar and the Freedom Fries (AT)
19.30 Balkan Brass Battle (SE/RO)

14.30 NO Blues feat. Vasile Nedea (NL/RO)
16.30 The Original Nadara Gipsy Wedding Band (RO)
18.30 Maurice Leenaars & Flamencos de Malaga (NL/ES)

14.30 Gadjo Joe & puppeteer Marten Lierman (BE)
15.30 Orkestar Braka Kadrievi (MK)
16.30 Gadjo Joe & puppeteer Marten Lierman (BE)
17.30 Orkestar Braka Kadrievi (MK)
18.30 Gadjo Joe & puppeteer Marten Lierman (BE)

Balkan Brass Battle CD out on may 20th

Finally, the two titans of East European Gypsy music go head to head in a Balkan brass encounter of epic proportions. Following the tradition of brass battles from Serbia’s legendary Guca Brass Festival to New Orleans’ mean streets, the Balkan Brass Battle showcases the wit, passion and musical genius of Europe’s Romany Gypsy people.

Balkan Brass Battle - Fanfare Ciocarlia vs Boban Markovic

In the left corner: Fanfare Ciocărlia, the Romanian rockers who rose from rural obscurity to international fame as one of the world’s most explosive live bands. Their fierce groove helped fuel a global beats revolution: Fanfare Ciocărlia tearing the roof off the sucka night after night!

In the right corner: Serbian trumpet legend Boban Marković & Orkestar – survivors of the Yugoslav civil war, Guca Festival’s greatest champions, immortalized in Emir Kusturica’s maverick films, Boban’s Orkestar now feature young gun Marko Marković, the fastest trumpet in town!

The Balkan Brass Battle CD was recorded across a feverish, sleepless forty-eight hours in a Transylvanian hotel right outside Graf Dracula, the castle of Vlad Tepes. Both bands laid down their hottest grooves then shaped up for a battle royal in the studio. Your ears won’t believe these Gypsy mavericks turbo charged takes on Duke Ellington’s ‘Caravan’ and John Barry’s ‘James Bond Theme’. Also recorded were Balkan folk tunes, original compositions and a surreal take on ‘Gummy Bear’ from the McDonalds’ Kids Menu.

Release: 20th May 2011
Cat. Nr.: CD-ATR 2911
Format: CD / 13 tracks
Total playing time 46:15

Brasslands – new film about Guča

Brasslands is a feature documentary film currently in post-production shot in New York City and Guča, Serbia, at the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest brass music festival. Brasslands follows the members of Zlatne Uste, an unlikely New York Balkan brass band as they travel to Guča to represent the United States in the first ever competition for international bands. Once in Guča, we meet some of our other main characters, including Dejan Petrovic and Demiran Ćerimović, virtuosic trumpeters and former Guča champions.

Brasslands – Work-in-progress Trailer from

Featuring a rich soundtrack with driving rhythms fiery melodies performed by the best brass bands in the world, Brasslands is more than just a film about Balkan brass music. It is an unusual unique story that would otherwise never be told, that offers insight and exclusive coverage of the world’s most contagious music and musicians, and the tensions and struggles that lie beneath the surface.

Brasslands is made on a largely volunteer basis by a New York-based arts collective. At this crucial stage in production, we are calling on all lovers or Balkan brass music and documentary film to help fund a truly remarkable project. Your pledge will come with prizes, from exclusive field recordings made at Guča, to t-shirts and a trip for two to NY to attend North America’s largest Balkan brass festival.

Brasslands fundraising site (with trailer)
Brasslands website
Brasslands Facebook page

Ekrem Mamutovĭć Balkan Brass Band in Utrecht (NL)

On april 14 the Ekrem Mamutovĭć Balkan Brass Band will perform at RASA, Utrecht, The Netherlands. The concert includes a showing of the documentary film “Guča: The Serbian Woodstock”, plus an afterparty featuring DJ Safri.

More details at

Countdown for Balkan Brass Battle

The preparations for the ultimate Balkan Brass Battle of Fanfare Ciocarlia versus Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra are in full swing. This month both legends of Balkan Brass hid away in the dark forests of Transylvania and rehearsed for the major challenge of their career.

The home advantage of Fanfare during those days definitely stimulated the Markovics to give their very very best… During the stay of the rivals in Romania the recording sessions for the upcoming album were finished – out on Asphalt Tango Records in May 2011!

The Gypsy Queens and Kings on TOUR

At the end of January THE GYPSY QUEENS AND KINGS will set out for a three-week tour through Europe. Esma Redzepova, Jony Iliev, Florentina Sandu, Mahala Rai Banda and Kaloomé will be guests in:

31.01.11 Riga (LV) Opera House
04.02.11 La Rochelle (F) La Coursive Scène Nationale
05.02.11 La Rochelle (F) La Coursive Scène Nationale
06.02.11 Poitiers (F) TAP Scène Nationale
07.02.11 Cenon (F) Le Rocher Palmer
09.02.11 Loerrach (D) Burghof
10.02.11 Groningen (NL) Oosterpoort
12.02.11 Den Haag (NL) De Paard
13.02.11 Amsterdam (NL) Melkweg
15.02.11 Narbonne (F) Le Théâtre Scène Nationale
16.02.11 Sète (F) Le Théâtre Scène Nationale
18.02.11 Bern (CH) Dachstock
19.02.11 Zug (CH) Theatr Casino