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Balkan Beat Box in Studio on World Cafe - 05/23/2007

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Balkan Beat Box: An All-World Techno Explosion

Balkan Beat Box: An All-World Techno Explosion

Balkan Beat Box in Studio on World Cafe - 05/23/2007

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Set List

  • "Digital Monkey"
  • "B-B-Beat"
  • "Hermetico"

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Accomplished underground musicians Ori Kaplan (Gogol Bordello) and Tamir Muskat (Firewater, Big Lazy) have performed in many innovative bands in the past decade. In 2005, the duo teamed up and assembled a group of musicians as diverse as their musical backgrounds — members hail from Turkey, Israel, Spain and Morocco — to form Balkan Beat Box. The band soon recorded a danceable self-titled debut, which was an instant success across North America and Europe.

Balkan Beat Box's live shows feature revolving musicians in a techno explosion driven by DJs, brass, guitars and electronics. With a stated goal of defying stereotypes and political borders, the group just released its second album, Nu Med.

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