BALKANBEATS, A NIGHT IN BERLIN (PIRANHA MUSIK)
[DUNKELBUNT]
A NEW DAY; LAYA PROJECT REMIXED
ADDIS ACOUSTIC PROJECT
AFRO ROOTS WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
AMADOU & MARIAM
ANTÓNIO ZAMBUJO
APHRODESIA
BALKANBEATS
BANCO DE GAIA
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC
BOY WITHOUT GOD
C.J. CHENIER
CARLOS GOGO GOMEZ
CHOBAN ELEKTRIK
CHOPTEETH
CHRISTIANE D
CHRISTINE VAINDIRLIS
CLARA PONTY
COPAL
CUCHATA
DAMJAN KRAJACIC
DANIEL CROS
DEBO & FENDIKA
DEL CASTILLO
DR JAYANTHI KUMARESH
EARTHRISE SOUNDSYSTEM
EGYPT NOIR
ELIN FURUBOTN
EMILY SMITH
FANFARE CIOCARLIA VS. BOBAN & MARKO MARKOVIC
FEUFOLLET
FIAF PRESENTS WORLD NOMADS MOROCCO: MUSIC
FOOTSTEPS IN AFRICA
GECKO TURNER
GENTICORUM
GEOFF BERNER
GIANMARIA TESTA
GODS ROBOTS
GUARCO
HUUN HUUR TU
INDIAN OCEAN
IRENE JACOB & FRANCIS JACOB
JANAKA SELEKTA
JANYA
JERRY LEAKE
JOAQUIN DIAZ
JOEL RUBIN
JORGE STRUNZ
JOSEF KOUMBAS
JOYFUL NOISE (I GRADE RECORDS)
JUST A BAND
KAMI THOMPSON
KARTICK & GOTAM
KHALED
KHING ZIN & SHWE SHWE KHAING
KITKA'S CAUCASIAN CONNECTIONS PROJECT PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPS
KMANG KMANG
KOTTARASHKY AND THE RAIN DOGS
LA CHERGA
LAC LA BELLE
LAYA PROJECT
LENI STERN
LES TRIABOLIQUES
LISTEN FOR LIFE
LOBI TRAORÉ
LO'JO
LOKESH
MAGNIFICO
MAHALA RAI BANDA
MIDNITE
MOHAMMED ALIDU AND THE BIZUNG FAMILY
MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING
MY NAME IS KHAN
NAWAL
NAZARENES
NO STRANGER HERE (EARTHSYNC)
OCCIDENTAL BROTHERS ON TOUR
OCCIDENTAL GYPSY
OREKA TX
ORQUESTRA CONTEMPORÂNEA DE OLINDA
PABLO SANCHEZ
PEDRO MORAES
RAYA BRASS BAND
SALSA CELTICA
SAMITE
SARA BANLEIGH
SARAH AROESTE
SELAELO SELOTA
SHYE BEN-TZUR
SIA TOLNO
SIBIRI SAMAKE
SISTER FA
SLIDE TO FREEDOM II
SONIA BREX
SOSALA
SWEET ELECTRA
SYSTEMA SOLAR
TAGA SIDIBE
TAJ WEEKES
TARANA
TARUN NAYAR
TE VAKA
TELEPATH
THE MOUNTAIN MUSIC PROJECT
THE NATIVE AMERICA NORTH SHOWCASE
THE SPY FROM CAIRO
TITO GONZALEZ
TOUSSAINT
VARIOUS ARTISTS
VARIOUS ARTISTS
WATCHA CLAN
WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY SOUNDTRACK
WOMEXIMIZER
WOMEXIMIZER
ZDOB SI ZDUB
ZIETI
BalkanBeats, A Night in Berlin (Piranha Musik)
From Bosnia to Berlin:
Robert Soko Connects His People Through BalkanBeats


The crowd is dancing wildly. Suddenly the rhythm stops, the drums fall silent. Only the trumpet moans, then changes into a looping oriental melody. The drums start again. The crowd jumps up, dancers shout in desperate ecstasy.

This is BalkanBeats, igniting for one night in Berlin each month, in one of the epicentres of the city’s nightlife, a club called Lido. A young, native club crowd mixes with international party people and ex-pats from the Balkans – all join together for a sweaty mash up which rarely stops before sunrise.  BalkanBeats' originator, curator and resident DJ is named Robert Soko. He's been the pioneering mastermind behind the decks for more than 16 years now, and in the meantime he's spread his powerful message not only to other European capitals such as Budapest, London, Napoli and Paris but to far flung locales like South Africa and Brazil.

It was 1990 when Robert Soko left his home town Zenica in Bosnia. After travelling around a bit, he ended up in Berlin. The wall had just fallen, everything seemed possible. At that time Soko couldn't imagine that his homeland would soon would turn into the arena of the most cruel war Europe had seen since World War II. In 1992 the Balkans exploded. Hate and revenge shook the region. More and more refugees came to Berlin, many of them still called themselves “Yugoslavians” at a time when their contemporaries split up into Serbs, Croats, Bosnians ...  

In 1993 Soko started his party for lost immigrants in the Arcanoa, a punk bar in the sidestreets of Kreuzberg. With roots in many corners of former Yugoslavia himself, he knew that music was the connecting link between all peoples. Together with his friend Rüdiger Rossig, he played Yugo rock’n’roll, punk and ska - relics of a world that had perished. A little later he rediscovered traditional music through films of  Serbian director Emir Kusturica. The powerful tunes of Roma brass bands seemed to be composed of the sort of strong emotions that could mysteriously open out to deep, all-embracing love for the world, sad melancholy and overwhelming happiness.

These old sounds, mixed with new electronic beats, hit the party crowd like a lightning bolt. BalkanBeats was rough, full of emotion, weeping and laughing at the same time. Jumping. Handwaving. Shouting. Intoxicating and ecstatic. That's why Robert Soko's BalkanBeats  became a style unto itself, now copied by many all over the world. BalkanBeats has the power to transform a crowd of strangers into a circle of friends. This is the message: Unify the people! Move your body. Move your heart. Hajde!  
by Mirko Heinemann

<< release: 01/12/09 >>

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