A Night in Berlin CD
"A smashing anthology" Rheinischer Merkur 5 Sept. 09
BalkanBeats - Unify the People!
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 locations like Cape Town and Recife.
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!
The enhanced CD features a Slideshow, which takes the viewer through a BalkanBeats night in Berlin with music by Fanfare Ciocarlia.
Track listing:1. Magnifico Evo Me Narode (Magnifico) 03:17
2. Boban i Marko Marković Maruska (Saban Bajramovic) 03:09
3. Rotfront B-Style ( Y. Gurzhy, S. Wahorn, M. Milian) 03:49
4. [dunkelbunt] feat. Boban i Marko Marcović Orkestar Cinnamon Girl (Radio Edit) ( Ulf Lindemann / Marko Marković
(composer of samples: Marko Marković (Rromano Bijav))) 04:01
5. Shantel & Amsterdam Klezmer Band Buchalter Joint ( Job Chajes & S. Hantel) 04:04*
6. Vrelo Oj Ubava (Natasa Tomic, Stanko Tomic, Vojislav Aralica) 03:24
7. Kal Pour Enfants Et Personnes Sensibles (Dragan Ristic) 03:16
8. Amsterdam Klezmer Band Takaj Zhizn (Remix by Janfie) (J. Van Strien) 04:47
9. Ahilea Monopolis (Ahiela Durcoski ) 03:18
10. Al Lindrum & His Magic Hat Come Together (Al Lindrum & Frederik Bóhling) 03:50
11. Shantel Disko Partizani (Marcus Darius meets Tricky Cris Remix) (S. Hantel) 05:01
12. !DelaDap Radost (Alen Dzambic, Stanislav Vana ) 06:59
13. Äl Jawala Poznash 04:06 (Al Jawala (* Schimmer / Lukanow / Verdier / Pellegrini / Schumacher))
14. Merdan Taplak March Of The Sultans (Merdan Taplak) 03:19
15. Kolo Novo Movie Band Bolujem Ja (traditional/Grada Djeri) 04:21
Gypsy & Balkan
Balkan, Dancing, Germany, Remix, World Music