Macedonian Gypsy Brass Band Kočani Orkestar to Perform in Zagreb

By 13 January 2019

ZAGREB, January 13, 2019 - Macedonia's gypsy brass band Kočani Orkestar will perform as special guests in Zagreb's Boogaloo Club on January 18, organiser Twilight Promotion announced earlier this week.

Kočani Orkestar are among the funkiest exponents of the Balkan brass band style which is found across ex-Yugoslavia and is a direct descendent of the music once played by Turkish army bands.

They come from the town of Kočani, in Macedonia. Their music is based on Gypsy tunes from various parts of the Balkans and on Turkish rhythms, with a sprinkle of Latin flavour.

Their song "Siki, siki baba" is featured on the soundtrack for the movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan although it has no connection to the music of Kazakhstan. Together with the Romani singer Esma Redžepova, Naat Veliov has filed a lawsuit for the producers of the movie for an unauthorised use of the song.

The band recorded five albums "A Gypsy Brass Band", "L'orient est rouge", "Gypsy Mambo", "Alone At My Wedding" and "The Ravished Bride", and the sixth studio album is underway.

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