Thu03Oct 2013

Balkan Beat Box

at Scala

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275 Pentonville Road
N1 9NL

Date: Thu 03 Oct
Time: 7.30 - 11pm
Price: £17 plus fees
Type: Live music
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Description (from venue/promoter's website):
Hard-hitting, multi-cultural music from Israeli-born New York residents BALKAN BEAT BOX return to the UK October 2013 after their explosive performance at WOMAD festival and sold out show at Islington Academy 2012

"If BBB is world music, it's in the most literal sense - because it can move anyone in the world." Time Out

Founded in 2005 by Ori Kaplan (previously of Gogol Bordello) and Tamir Muskat (of Firewater) Balkan Beat Box burst out of New York City's underground in 2005 introducing the world to their distinctive brand of electronic dub and Gypsy Punk.

In 2006 frequent collaborator Tomer Yosef was appointed frontman, galvanizing audiences with his wild stage presence and infectious energy. This confirmed BBB's reputation as a formidable live act, seeing them become a favourite of audiences and critics alike the world over.

Combining a solid rhythm section of hip hop, funk and reggae influences with exotic brass, earth shattering bass and experimental electronics, Balkan Beat Box provide the perfect soundtrack for Yosef's trailblazing vocal delivery. The result is an intoxicating and intense sonic assault which takes no prisoners and makes no apologies for its outspokenness.

Over three albums the band have constantly explored new musical territory, with Tamir crafting hard-edged beats, Ori orchestrating melodies and Tomer penning heavily politicized lyrics. They've visited the Balkan and Mediterranean diaspora of their namesake in 2007's Nu Med, (JDub, 2007), the Far East with Blue Eyed Black Boy, (Nat Geo, 2010) and produced an exhilarating hybrid of electronic raga on Give (2010, Crammed). The Independent has called them "deftly programmed global fusion" adding "a band I can't wait to see live."

Give is inspired by protest movements across the globe from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall St. and captures the spirit of hope and defiance of recent times. The album was widely celebrated in the press, with Songlines saying: 'BBB are as outspoken and uncompromising as ever. It's hard to resist the album's intensity'.

Now, after storming the stage at WOMAD and a series of sell out shows at Islington Academy Balkan Beat Box return to the UK for a two date tour stopping at London's Scala and Concorde 2 in Brighton.

Balkan Beat Box are passionate about the power of music to make positive change. In the spirit of great protest artists Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan, The Clash and Rage Against The Machine they harness their anger about injustice and corruption in the world and draw influences from across the globe to create a powerful and vibrant music. What's more they deliver it with an intensity and joie de vivre that has to be seen to be believed.


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