Dubioza Kolektiv

September 26, 2013 in booking, dubioza kolektiv

To the uninitiated, Dubioza Kolektiv are a band from Bosnia known for their fresh take on hiphop, reggae, dub, rock and Bosnian folklore. However, outside “The West”, the group has already established itself as among the best and most popular live outfits in Eastern Europe, and notorious leaders in the fight for social change. They are also nominees for IMPALA’s “Best Independent Album of 2011.” Their musical skills forged in basement shelters during the siege of Sarajevo, these guys know more than anyone how to use music as a weapon against the forces of negativity. DK is well known in Bosnia for practicing what they preach, lending support to Bosnia’s first grass-roots civil society group “Dosta” by organizing a huge protest concert before 2006 general elections. Their album release party for their fourth album “Firma Ilegal” took place in front of the Bosnian Parliament, in a powerful statement against government corruption, and garnered massive coverage in the national press. Finally, in 2010 the band spearheaded a national voting drive with concerts in all of the major Bosnian cities, aimed to increase the turnout of younger population in 2010 elections. Time Magazine and the BBC have both recognized the group as a legitimate voice of Bosnia.

“Kick-ass from start to finish, Dubioza Kolektiv marries power and positivity…” (PopMatters)

“Yeah, the Dubioza Kolektiv really are that good. Damn… Just…Damn…” (Mass Movement Magazine)

“For those who want a message combined with someof the catchiest beats this side of the Adriatic
Sea, look no further than Wild Wild East. The upbeat grooves mixed with traditional melodies make for
something truly different and, well, wild.” (Consequence Of Sound)

Orchestre International du Vetex

September 26, 2013 in booking, management, orchestre international du vetex

They started up as a kind of temporary marching brassband that wanted to save an abandoned old textile factory in the Flemish town of Kortrijk. But since their start in 2004, they became one of the finest and hottest worldmusic acts from Belgium and France. From an acoustic brassband playing weddings and funerals, they became a wellknown and respected brilliant and energetic liveact playing on famous festivals such as Montreal Jazz, Colour Café, Esperanzah, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Aachen, Paris, Amsterdam,…

Amparo Sánchez

September 26, 2013 in amparo sanchez, booking, management

Cover Album Espíritu del Sol

Espíritu del Sol’, that is the title of the 3rd solo-album of the Spanish singer-‘cantaora’ Amparo Sanchez. After the release of ‘Alma de Cantaora’ (2012) and her first solo-album ‘Tucson-Habana’ (2010), this brand new album contains 12 colourful songs that will be released in October 2014 by World Village/Harmonia Mundi.

As it was the case with ‘Tucson-Habana, this forthcoming album is again recorded in the Wavelab Studios in Tucson (Arizona) between January and February 2014. Joey Burns (Calexico) not only produced the album but also invited other Calexico-musicians such as John Convertino (drums), Sergio Mendoza (keyboards, accordion), Ryan Alfred (bass), Jacob Valenzuela (horns), Brian Lopez (vocals), Mona Chambers, Vicky Brown (strings) and the Mariachis Luz de la Luna for the recording session. Moreover, some of the songs also have been arranged during Amparo’s tours through Argentina and Mexico. ‘El ultimo Cuarteto en Paris’ is an original collaboration with the legendary Cordoba-cuarteto-star ‘La Mona Jimenez.’ Other Latin American musicians such as Raly Barrionuevo, Malena de Alessio (Actitud María Marta) and the Mexican ‘Colectivo Tapacamino de Oaxaca’ give a typical touch to this new album.

Espíritu del Sol’ will again show Amparo Sanchez as one of the most typical, cheerful and warm voices of the Spanish music scene. Since Amparo released her first album with Amparanoia in 1997 a lot of things happened. She grew out to one of the legendary ‘mestizo’ artists worldwide, the winner of the BBC World Music Award in 2005 and a brilliant live artist who is keen to play big festivals as well as small clubs.

Positive’ and ‘feminine’ is perhaps the right word to describe the overall ambiance of Amparo Sanchez’ new album. The new songs expresses Amparo’s strong belief in the positive and important role women can play in our world. As she did in the past, this new album again reflects her passion for bolero, rumba and even an Argentinian ‘cuarteto’, all mixed up in a warm desert-liked production of Joey Burns. He also presented an original cover of Mano Negra’s ‘Long Long Night’ and Chavela Varga’s ‘Ultimo Trago’…

After the release of her new album, Amparo Sanchez will again hit the road with her 5 piece-band, including the Cuban Jose Alberto Varona Saavedra on trumpet, Jordi Mestres on double bass, Willy Fuego on guitar and Ricard Parera on drums. Don’t get things wrong: Amparo Sanchez was and will always be the mother of female invention!