MACEDONIAN 'GYPSY MAMBO' BAND IN MALTA
A Macedonian band, Gypsy Mambo will perform in San Gwann, Malta on Friday 1 Februari at the liquid CLub. The event is organised by Fringe productions and the Malta Tourism Authority.
This exotic band, hailing from Kocani, are a traditional consists nine members with the unmistakeable sound of Balkan brass bands, typical of the area and first presented to western audiences through the films and music of Emir Kusturica and Goran Bregovic, the likes of, Time of the Gypsies, Underground, and Black Cat White Cat.
The popularity of these brass bands is evident in the programming of top world Music Festivals around the globe, and is due to their crowd appeal and high-energy music.
This so called ‘Roma Oriental music’ is a fierce mix of powerful brass bands, incredible Balkan rhythms and oriental solos where raw virtuosity and boundless energy are the fuel that keep the crowds off their seats. Most bands would play at weddings and traditional feasts for days on end, sometimes playing 15-hour sets!
Balkan brass bands have a significant gypsy character, and from western Serbia to Macedonia they are amazingly creative in changing the original rigid style of traditional brass bands.
Gypsy Mambo was created some nine years ago, in the legendary Macedonian town of Kocani. All members come from well-known musical families with a long-standing tradition and play foremost traditional Roma and Balkan music. The orchestra has participated in prominent European festivals including Khamoro in Prague and perform regularly in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Serbia and Montenegro and their native Macedonia.
Gypsy Mambo have released 2 CDs and are considered masters in their style. Their repertoire consists of traditional songs as well as the Bregovic classics and original tunes. Their trance inducing arrangements are unique, due to the mix of brass instruments and percussion.
MD: Great to see them touring Macedonian music around the world. The maltese Independent newspaper is talking about "a unique, one-off opportunity to party Balkan style in the coolest of underground venues. Dance the night away to the unza-unza beat and many more tunes of Balkan pickle." Have a look at their Myspace, at the link below.