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The Jewish Monkeys are masters of identity play, knights of the absurd, musicians and comedians, who deliver an exhilarating show. They love breaking ethnic and religious taboos, combined with liberating salvos of satire and Balkan klezmer’esque rock music in English and Yiddish. They rarely fail to get people on their feet, dancing: from Syrian refugees in a Dresden transit camp to anti-Pegida protesters the next day. Or from culturally savvy music lovers in [...]

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RONI BOIKO: VOCALS
JOSSI REICH: VOCALS
GAEL ZAIDNER: VOCALS
RAN BAGNO: ACCORDION
YOLI BAUM: BASS
HENRY VERED: DRUMS
OMER HERSHMAN: GUITAR
MORAN BARON: TROMBONE
shows

Jewish Monkeys / Jewish Monkeys Tour 2017

Mar 08th
Cologne / Underground
Mar 09th
Leipzig / Werk 2
Mar 10th
Rostock / Zwischenbau
Mar 11th
Berlin / Roter Salon / Volksbühne
Purim Party w/ DJ Yuriy Gurzhy
Mar 12th
Frankfurt / Das Bett
Purim Party w/ DJ Janeck Altshuler
Mar 13th
Jena / Café Wagner
Tracks

Mania Regressia

Caravan Petrol 

Caravan Petrol / I want control / Nissan Patrol 
Remote control / Caraca-racara… / Caravan Petrol 

Oy isn’t it an oily planet? /Money feeds the oily expectations of the oil-consuming nations / Leads to global exploitation / I used to be a motherfucker, not knowing what to do in life/I was looking for sensation / In the army of salvation/ But they didn’t have a clue/If only they would see/ How clean the world could be/If they just exchanged the oil for solar energy / Wouldn’t it be nice? / If I went to paradise / Leaving earth a better place /Unspoiled by human race / 

I used to be a motherfucker /Not knowing what to do in life / I was living in disguise / And was hiding from my wife / Desperately wandering in the desert/Trying to purify some water/ But instead I met the daughter / Of the Sheik who owned the well / Well well well well! Fatima Morgana / I showed her my banana / We listened to Santana / This desert is Nirvana / Fatima Morgana /Was licking my banana / Erupting a Fontana / Her Papa was in oil / oyoyoyoyoy Oil /I start to like the goil 

He needed the sheik’s water/ But instead I fucked his daughter / Now the sheik he wants to slaughter / Everyone who fucks his girl / A little defloration /That was such a big sensation / Had to take her for my wife / To escape her Papa’s knife / Kni kni kni kni kni knife / The best chance of my life! 

(instrumental intermezzo) 

If only it could be / That the oil belonged to me / I would sell this whole Nirvana / And end my misery / Be rich eternally / Fuck solar energy / And all humanity / If only they could see / That the king of oil is me / And my oily queen is Fati.. Fatima Morgana/ Ala ala ala / I want her Papa’s car / I’m going to be a star/ I don’t give a shit about pollution / Only the petrol distribution / Is the only right solution / Stop this eco-revolution

Black but Sweet 

What is the woman and you will see, a nice black woman they call Didi / When she presses sweet lips to mine / I said Mammy kiss Pappy all the time 

She is black and only and that is all / She is black and only and that is all / When men meet her, they bound to fall / Until her Mammy doesn’t sleep, oh Lord 

What is the woman and you will see / A nice black woman they call Didi / when she presses sweet lips to mine / I said Mammy kiss Pappy all the time / Didi is that bright of my heart / I felt so funny with her to part / The people in the country of Caroline / can tell how Didi loves Houdini 

Young boy think that they fight for me / Don’t put yourself into difficulties / For it is for this positive fact / The sweetest women in the world of luck / Don’t you mind when you get up old / It’s for never mute, keep cost in your soul / With your black baby you are born to stay / You cannot leave her and go away 

I said Didi, I’m going away / But no longer I cannot stay / Mammy as it is, for this is fact / Sweet Houdini soon is coming back

Luba Lubaviczer 

Petrosilia / Che Guevara 
Rojte Paprika / Mata Hari 
Superwomen / Metaplastik 
Mamographia 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Krimme Fiess / Groisse Zitzkalach / Ciciollina 
Mania Regressia / Pizda Kurva 
Kama Sutra / Pseudo Palavra 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / 
Dayne Oygn hobn sech arayngedrayt in mayne Nishume/ Und ich bin im / Ganzn meshigge gewordn / Oy oy oy oy 

(English): 
Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / Your eyes crashed into my soul/and I became totally crazy/Oy oy oy oy 

Papirossen / Hare Krishna 
Cucarracia / Hiper Histeria 
Noch a zingale / Semi Conductor / Toda la Noce 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Alte Kretshme / Poco poco 
Trichomonas / Sensationell 
Psychotherapia / Hysterectomy / Apoplexia 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / As du kishst mech, brennt a fayer in mir / Oy oy oy oy 

(ENGLISH): When you kiss me, a fire burns in me/ Oy oy oy oy 
Schoyn avek der Nechten / Noch nisht du der Morgen /Es is noch du a bissale Haynt / Ster ihn nisht mit Sorgen 

(English): 
Yesterday is already gone / Tomorrow is still not there /There is still a little bit of Today / Don’t disturb it with sorrows

Johnny is the Goy for Me 

“Johnny is the goy for me” /This is what she said to me … 

“Tall and blond / His eyes are blue / He fucks like hell /Doesn’t smell” / Oy, vey Jossl can’t you see?/ “Day and night / I think of him/ He rides a horse / He goes to the gym” /This is what she said to me … 

DaDai… 

“Johnny is the goy for me” / So I said “Nuuu? Why not a Jew?” 

“All the day / You count and pray / You promise the moon/And come too soon” / Oy, vey, Jossl, can’t you see?/ “You bring no check / Got hair on the back / You snore at night / Mama was right”/ Jossl, you’re no joy for her 

DaDai… 

(Intermezzo): 
Jossl is no joy for her / For Johnny Goy she’s just a toy 

I jumped from a tree / I broke my knee / I rode a bike / Even fucked a dike / Nothing’s good enough for her/ But now I found my Suzy Jane / She can’t do Tshulent / But never complains / For Sue I’m not a lousy Jew / For Sue I’m like a Johnny too 

DaDai…

So Nice 

Louis was a financial fart/Spent all his money eating tart / It made him fat and stopped his heart/ Financial fart was not so smart 

Everything’s so nice / Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Terry was a terrorist/ Couldn’t handle his father’s fist / The people thought that he’s a joke / Some of them went up in smoke 

Everything’s so nice / Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate / Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Jezebel she couldn’t smell/ Her father’s breath was responsible / When he touched her in the loo/ She lost her other senses too 

Everything’s so nice/ Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate / Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Geraldine had a spleen/Everything had to be clean/She was never satisfied/ ’Cause the shit came from inside /…From inside… from inside…from inside… 

Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate / daidaidai… 
Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Don’t you mind your enemies /Enemas and bumble bees/ Love your neighbor, kiss your wife/ You will probably meet them in the afterlife 

Everything’s so nice/ Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice

Misirlou 

(Yiddish) 
Vayt in dem midbar / Fun heyser zin farbrent/ Hob ikh amol a meydele dort gekent / Misirilou heyst zi/ Yeder dort veyst zi gut/ Kh’vel di printsesn mer shoyn fargesn nit. 

Far in the Desert/ Burnt by the hot sun /I once knew a girl / Misirilou was her name / Everybody there knew her / I will already not forget the princess 

(Yiddish) 
Shtil, ovent kil, Un ikh fil az ikh vil mayn gefil /Far ir oysgisn un zi zol visn nor, Az nor zi lib ikh, Mayn lebn gikh ir, yo / 

Silence, cool evening, And I feel / That I will my feeling 
Spill out in front of her / And she should know / That only her I love / My life I give to her 

(Yiddish) 
Her, s’iz mir shver, Mit a trer zog ikh dir un ikh shver / Midber printsesn, kh’ken nit fargesn dikh / Kum hayl mayn benkshaft, nor di kenst hayln mikh / 

Listen, it is difficult / With a tear, I tell you / And I swear 
Desert princess, I cannot forget you / Come heal my longing / Only you can heal me 

(Yiddish) 
Misirilou mayne, meydale fun orient, Di oygn dayne hobn mayn harts farbrent / Mayn harts vert kranker, in chulem sey ikh dikh/ ants far mir shlanke /Drey zikh geshvind gikh. Midber printsesn, kh’ken nit fargesn dikh / Kum heyl mayn benkshaft, nor di kenst heyln mikh / Mayn mizrakh, blum misirilou 

My Misirilou, girl from the orient / Your eyes have burnt my heart / My hearts gets sicker / In my dreams I see you / Dance in front of me, my beautiful / Turn around even quicker(Desert princess, I cannot forget you / Come heal my longing / Only you can heal me 

My eastern flower, Misirilou

Heat, Meat, Beautiful Feet 

Sitting in my back yard /Everyone’s here / Trying to get the fire start / Listening to my friends fart / Uzi gets stoned / Moishe likes beer / Uzi’s wife wished he had Moishe’s career/ Mama is excited – I’m feeling so alone / Watching my dogs – chewing on a bone/ My lips are swollen and my head is numb / The sun is boiling /I had too much rum 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 
Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed?

It couldn’t be much better / There’s pressure in my chest / Everyone is boring / The dogs are depressed 

Never wanted to become one of those / Why are the kids always pulling my nose? 
The drinks are warm / The girls are lame / The guys are laughing, I am getting insane/ Life is too long / And it’s mostly cruel / My prostata is burning /I wish I had a pool/ 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need / 
Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

I wonder why the women that I love / Always have to live with the men I hate/ 
Maybe a fancy house is enough / To make them believe that these shmocks are great/ I’m asking for a hand, doing me a favor / But she’s always busy with her pussy-shaver/ I should’ve sticked to my family’s taboo – / “Never mar ry a woman uglier than you” 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

Suddenly everyone’s a little bit stressed / The neighbor’s daughter is practically undressed But I will stick to the rules of the game /’ Cause “EDIPUSSY” is my second name

Banana Boat vs. Hava Nagila 

Day oh, Day oh / Daylight come and we wanna go home / Day is the day is the day is the day is the day is the day oh ho hou / Daylight come and we wanna go home 
Announcer: Wait a second. Why do you wanna go home yet? / You want a peace in the Middle East?? 
The two Jews: Don’t they say, make love not war 
The Arab: Leave our land, and we won’t break your jaw 
The two Jews: They killed us in Europe, we need real estate 
The Arab: You gave us the Nakba, now go get your fate 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for Jerusalem 
The Arab: Al-Quds is ours, Al-Aqsa won’t fall 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for the Promised Land 
The Arab: Since Muhammad we had the upper hand 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for Zion, 
The Arab: We don’t have a chance but we fight like a lion 
The two Jews: We are the chosen, the people of God 
The Arab: We’re blessed by Allah!!! Eternal Jihad 

Day oh, Day oh / Daylight come and we wanna go home / day it’s the day oh… / Daylight come and we wanna to go home 
Announcer: Actually, Why don’t we live in peace and harmony / like in Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat / Look there is a Russian, an Indian, an African, an American 

I work all night and I drink all rum / Daylight come and we wanna go home. / Come Mr. Tallyman, tally me banana / 
Daylight come… 

A beautiful bunch, a ripe banana / Daylight come… / Hide the deadly black tarantula/ Daylight come… 
day it’s the day oh… / Daylight come and we wanna to go home 

It’s six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch! / Daylight come… 
Daylight come and we wanna go home 
Announcer: Did you see? / They are singing and dancing together /In fuck’n peace and harmony, Like in Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat 

Let’s take the Banana Boat to the fuck’n Middle East

You, You and You 

I am so desperate / I cannot separate / Just don’t know what to do / It’s not my fault, 
That you confuse me / And you – you confuse me too 

Is it possible ?/ You think there’s someone else / And it tears my heart in two / You must believe it / For me there’s only one / And that’s you, you and you 

You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

You say you love me/ But you don’t trust me / You say I have to decide / I would do anything /But my love for you / I can never divide / You don’t believe me / You misconceive me / What do you think I do? / I am not ambivalent / There’s no equivalent / To either one of you 
You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

Misty psychics, psychiatrists and my cleaning woman, too /They do all agree / Unequivocally / That I am crazy about you / In my diary / In my testament / And my shopping list too / This one and only line / I never redefine / Just says you, you and you 

You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

If I must choose / There’s no doubt what to do / If I must choose / My choice is you, you and you

Add It Up 

Why can’t I get just one kiss? / Why can’t I get just one kiss? / Believe me there’s something I wouldn’t miss, but I look at your pants and I need a kiss. 

Why can’t I get just one screw? / Why can’t I get just one screw? / Believe me I know what to do, but something won’t let me make love to you. 

Why can’t I get just one fuck? / Why can’t I get just one fuck? / I guess it’s got something to do with luck, but I’ve waited my whole life for just one… 

Day after day I get angry and I will say / that the day is in my sight, when I’ll take a bow / And say good night. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma Mom / Have you kept an eye, an eye on your son / I know you’ve got problems/ You’re not the only one, when your sugar left / he left you on the run. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma Maminyu 
Take a good look what your boy has done / He’s walking around like he’s number one / He went downtown and got him a gun. 

Don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me / Don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me / You know you’ve got my sympathy, but / don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma ma Mother / I would love to love you lover / The city’s restless, it’s ready to pounce / Here in your bedroom ounce for ounce. 
Oh ma ma ma ma ma ma ma Maminyu / I would love to love you lover / The city’s restless, it’s ready to pounce. / Here in your bedroom ounce for ounce. 

I am giving you decisions to make, things to lose, things to take / Just as he’s about ready to cut it up, / I said “wait a minute honey, I am gonna add it up” 
Add it up Add it up Add it up… 

Day after day I get angry and I will say / that the day is in my sight, when I’ll take a bow / And say good night.

Live Music

Rumania @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Johnny is the Goy for me @ Nachtleben Frankfurt 
Heat, Meat, Beautiful Feet @ Furth 
Add It Up @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Hit me with your Rhythm Stick @ Furth 
Luba @ Fuerth 
Papirosen @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Titina @ Fürth 
videos

Unplugged

Jewish Monkeys – "Shprayz Ikh Mir" (Live @ Salon 99, Frankfurt)
Jewish Monkeys – "Misirlou feat. Despina Apostolou" (Live @ Salon 99, Frankfurt)
Jewish Monkeys – "Luba Lubaviczer" (Live @ Salon 99, Frankfurt)

Official Videos

Jewish Monkeys – "Heat, Meat, Beautiful Feet"
Jewish Monkeys – "Romania"
Jewish Monkeys – "Caravan Petrol"
Jewish Monkeys – "Banana Boat vs Hava Nagila"
Jewish Monkeys – "Black But Sweet"

The German Chronicles

The German Chronicles Part 1 – Jewish Monkeys Playing for Refugees in Dresden (2015)
The German Chronicles Part 2 – Jewish Monkeys Protesting Pegida in Dresden (2015)

Live Videos

Live @ Passing Clouds, London
Black But Sweet (Berlin @Rykestr-Synagoge, September 2014)
So Nice (Berlin @Rykestr-Synagoge, September 2014)
press
No time to get all sentimental.
(AUDIO 31/03/16) +

“On ‘Mania Regressia’ the Jewish Monkeys demand listeners leave their sentiments at the door. The Tel Aviv trash combo employs an aggressive mix of cabaret, circus marches, Frank Zappa-ish horseplay and klezmer punk to shock its audiences, Jews and non-Jews alike.” – AUDIO, 04/2016

Building a Cultural Bridge between Tel Aviv and Dresden – An official statement
(Greedy for Best Music 21/01/16) +

“The concerts were a wonderful experience for the band. It was very moving to see how this ‘guerrilla event’ could magically transform the faces of these tired, fearful, uprooted and traumatised people. Young men danced the Dabke (a popular line dance in Syria) to old Yiddish songs and beaming children experienced their first rock concert. After the show they stormed the stage to touch the drums and guitars in awe. Careful at first, the band did not let the public know they were from Tel Aviv, however, some of the band members delighted their listeners with Arabic greetings and phrases of gratitude. During conversations with the public, when asked, ‘where do you come from?’, one of the band members, said: ‘Tel Aviv’. This answer did not cause animosity, but joy and surprise.”

– Greedy for Best Music

Hard times for a band specializing in klezmer-rock. A tour diary
(Die Welt 24/11/15) +

“Cooped up in a minivan, though way more comfortable than being in one of those cattle wagons from back in the days heading East, we embark towards our next destination, a street festival in Dresden. Upon arrival we face a small stage blaring Arab rap music for a bunch of belligerent looking adolescents, jumping up and down and waving their fists in the air. Then it’s our turn. We step on stage, Boiko and I share an awkward smile with the crowd, while Gael refreshes his Arabic. It all goes down as expected: They absolutely love us, singing along to our Yiddish ‘dai, dai, dais’ and dancing Dabke as if at an oriental wedding. It was delirious.”

– Jossi Reich, Die WELT (German daily)

In the end, entertainment wins
(Badische Neueste Nachrichten 16/09/14) +

They pulled all the stops at their gig, engaging head and heart alike. They get people on their feet with familiar Balkan folk sounds and get them listening with complex rock arrangements and melancholic laments. How to describe Jewish Monkeys? A political band? Pure entertainment? Both? In the end, entertainment wins. The room is owned by ecstatic dancers.

– Badische Neueste Nachrichten

A fantastic live band in the spirit of punk
(Süddeutsche Zeitung 15/09/14) +

Jewish Monkeys pluck the flowers for their bouquet of clichés from a luxuriant garden of neuroses, burgeoning with self-irony, over-indulgent mothers and inferiority complexes. They are provocative, hounding their listeners out of their comfort zones and making them dance. Because this Klezmer ensemble living in the fast lane is first and foremost a fantastic live band in the spirit of punk. The trombone fires hot salvos at the singers while the guitar’s insistent off-beat rhythm pushes the band in the direction of Ska. Their live performance is overwhelming in its furiously unchained attack on tradition. At the anarchistic climax of the evening, Reich, Boiko and Zaidner launch Harry Belafonte’s famous Banana Boat off towards the Middle East, to bring peace to the region at last.

– Süddeutsche Zeitung (one of Germany’s leading dailies)

A Sense of Nonsense: the Anarcho-Klezmer Band Jewish Monkeys!
(Deutschlandfunk Corso 10/09/14) +

A Sense of Nonsense: the Anarcho-Klezmer Band Jewish Monkeys!

– Deutschlandfunk Corso (national German radio)

Shades of cinematic heroes such as Woody Allen
(Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 05/09/14) +

They ridicule the obscenities of international relations with the same tongue-in-cheek attitude they adopt toward their own culture, with a healthy mix of sophistication and anarchy. Shades of cinematic heroes such as Woody Allen, with an added dose of high-calibre party mood.

– Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany’s leading daily)

Mildly disturbed eternal adolescents
(Spiegel Online 05/09/14) +

The Jewish Monkeys‘ album Mania Regressia plays on Jewish clichés and anti-Semitic reality. This post-Klezmer, post-Pop, post-Alija band from Tel Aviv has created an album brimming with love, rage and joy that reveals just how they are themselves: mildly disturbed eternal adolescents with a soundtrack for the panic attacks of our time. All of which makes Mania Regressia more than just music to listen to – from old and obscure songs with new geopolitical fire, such as Caravan Petrol or the satirical hit Johnny is the Goy for Me – and instead a rollicking, joyful, despairing peal of laughter on the margins of the western world.

– Spiegel Online (Germany’s No. 1 political news website)

Spirited, disrespectful, Jewish humour at its finest
(3Sat Kulturzeit 03/09/14) +

Spirited, disrespectful, Jewish humour at its finest. A wild, cult-worthy mix of Klezmer, Balkan and Rock.

– 3Sat Kulturzeit (TV channel for Austria/Switzerland/Germany)

Trashy hits with lyrics that tumble helter-skelter between Yiddish and English
(Kulturnews 01/09/14) +

Their love songs are delightfully filthy, full of unexpected emotions and virtuoso hilarity. Jewish Monkeys wallow in trashy hits with lyrics that tumble helter-skelter between Yiddish and English. A truly international line-up!

– Kulturnews (Germany’s largest culture mag)

An eagle eye on what is happening in the here and now
(Deutschlandfunk 29/08/14) +

They really do have some political cheek – highly critical, with an eagle eye on what is happening in the here and now. They make music that cuts to the quick, and that’s what I find so exciting: really good, thought-provoking lyrics. 

– Martin Kranz, Director of the Jewish Cultural Days, Berlin

If Hitler hadn’t nearly won the war
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung 06/07/14) +

If Hitler hadn’t nearly won the war, Jewish music would sound like this: naturally stoned, fast, and madly melancholic.

– Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (biggest German Sunday paper)

Racing polka beats, calypso, rumba and gutter blues redolent of Tom Waits
(Nürnberger Nachrichten 18/03/14) +

The incredible Jewish Monkeys from Israel epitomise the inexhaustible experimental drive of Jewish music. Jewish Monkeys manage, seemingly effortlessly, to transpose Yiddish songs into an impressive alternative World pop context worthy of any indie rock festival. Racing polka beats, calypso, rumba and gutter blues redolent of Tom Waits, with a dash of trombone, accordion and a distinctive guitar twang give the three singers plenty of dynamic impetus to launch their wackily irreverent, witty songs. Energetic fun that fires up the audience to fever pitch.

– Nürnberger Nachrichten (biggest Bavarian daily)

Roof-raising, rambunctious rock
(Nordbayerische Zeitung 17/03/14) +

Roof-raising, rambunctious rock by the Jewish Monkeys – three singers at once, like animators moderating between pop and funk, with a smattering of traditional songs.

– Nordbayerische Zeitung (Bavarian local daily)

A satirical emancipatory coup
(Fürther Nachrichten 17/03/14) +

The Jewish Monkeys from Tel Aviv unleash a satirical emancipatory coup at the Kulturforum with a show verging on cabaret. Tapping into the tonal syntax of the present day, klezmer strikes on a contemporary note. And the audience spontaneously goes along with it, as evidenced by their enthusiastic participation.

– Fürther Nachrichten (Bavarian local daily)

Whatever people say they are, that's what they're not
(Haaretz 07/01/14) +

At an age when most people retire, these guys are releasing their debut album – in English, Spanish, Esperanto and Yiddish. […] When three middle-aged men perform with wild abandon on stage, it’s clear to anyone watching that they have to conduct a restrained family life for the rest of the year. This is not a supergroup composed of rock stars who first came to prominence in the 1970s, nor is it a choir project of the neighborhood community center. Despite the men’s ages, the Jewish Monkeys (are) a young band at heart, whose members prove that you’re never too old to start performing.

– Ha’aretz (Israeli daily)

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Meat Heat Beautiful Feet

New Jewish Monkeys Video: When Suburbian Ennui Goes Freudian
Greedy
 

This one has been a long time coming. Nestling up to the other nine tracks on their debut album "Mania Regressia", somewhat like that pink elephant no one was willing to talk about, but whose presence was felt by [...]

This one has been a long time coming. Nestling up to the other nine tracks on their debut album "Mania Regressia", somewhat like that pink elephant no one was willing to talk about, but whose presence was felt by everyone, "Meat Heat Beautiful Feet" tells the story of suburbian ennui gone Freudian. 

It all started with a sentiment, a slight feeling of discomfort songwriter Dr. Boiko used to tell his guests about during regular weekend barbecues in his pool-flanked residence amidst dense and wild vegetation, located somewhere between greed and guilt. 

As this innate frustration grew, the song itself evolved: a song lamenting the overwhelming boredom and dullness of that oversaturated and oversexed suburbian lifestyle, alias the ennui of having it all. 

And so the Jewish Monkeys turned to the multitalented Billy Levy, frontwoman of the rock band Billy and the Firm and visionary director (i.e. Balkan Beat Box), to produce this brand new, scintillating music video and release the guys' subconscious musings out into the open. 

What may be perceived as disturbing then, is no more than that ruthless Jewish Monkeys candour, an outlet for their innermost emotions and forbidden feelings. Watch the provocative clip below and listen to an early live version of the song in the player above. 

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The Jew In You

A Jewish Monkeys Interview On Deutschlandradio Kultur
Greedy
 

Your favourite Jewish Monkeys are back for a series of six shows in Germany. On this occasion the band sat down with journalist Miron Tenenberg for a five-minute feature on the band in general, Jewish humour and [...]

Your favourite Jewish Monkeys are back for a series of six shows in Germany. On this occasion the band sat down with journalist Miron Tenenberg for a five-minute feature on the band in general, Jewish humour and their 'Jewishness' in particular.

While the piece was recently aired in German, here is an interesting comment made by singer Gael Zaidner in English, when asked why Germany audiences seem more engaged in the Monkeys' artistic interaction with their Jewish roots than Israeli audiences? Here's what he had to say: 

"In Israel you can say that our audience is much more Israeli than Jewish. It's a new kind of Jew. It's different, it's a different culture. So the music doesn't touch them as something from their past, it's something new and interesting. […] That's why the audience is more young people, hip people, open-minded people. The Jewish part of it is not the leading reason why they like it. […] They are there just for the music. […] In Germany it's a little different."

During the interview the Jewish Monkeys also revealed that they are currently working on a new album that will contain even more Yiddish material. So, whether you are in it for the music or the 'Jewishness' of it all, stay tuned. And if you understand German, feel free to relisten to the interview in the player above. 

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Jewmany

The Jewish Monkeys return to Germany for a series of Shows
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Jewmany, um, Germany, let's get loud! The Jewish Monkeys are set to return for a string of six shows. They will bring the heat to Jena, Krefeld, Cologne, Frankfurt, Kassel and Nürnberg. Check the tour section for [...]

Jewmany, um, Germany, let's get loud! The Jewish Monkeys are set to return for a string of six shows. They will bring the heat to Jena, Krefeld, Cologne, Frankfurt, Kassel and Nürnberg. Check the tour section for event details and bring your dancing shoes! 

Deutschland, we're coming for you!

TUE 17.5. 2016 Jena, Café Wagner Jena e.V.
WED 18.5.2016 Krefeld, Kulturrampe Krefeld
THU 19.5.2016 Cologne, Underground Cologne
FRI 20.5.2016 Frankfurt, Das musikalische Wohnzimmer
SAT 21.5.2016 Kassel, Staatstheater Kassel
SUN 22.5.2016 Nürnberg, Israelitische Kultusgemeinde

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Romania

This Boozy Dance-Track Will Have You Questioning Your Own Morality
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Two more dates to go on the last leg of the Jewish Monkeys' notorious "Global Warming Tour" through German lands. After a string of mesmerising performances in Stuttgart, Berlin, Leipzig, Hannover, Lübeck, [...]

Two more dates to go on the last leg of the Jewish Monkeys' notorious "Global Warming Tour" through German lands. After a string of mesmerising performances in Stuttgart, Berlin, Leipzig, Hannover, Lübeck, Hamburg and Chemnitz, the semitic 'cage aux folles' is booked for two more shows

Next Saturday, March 11th, the Monkeys are scheduled to play the 15th International Klezmer Festival in Fürth for the second time in a row, while on Sunday, March 12th, they visit Munich's Import/Export for a musical showdown with the like-minded Geoff Berner

Odds are high, they will also perform their crowd-favourite "Romania", one of the wildest, booziest tracks off their debut album: A frivolous Yiddish persiflage about Rumanian Jews in old Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 20th century and their love for wine, food and night-long celebrations.

How fun it is, to visit another man's wife. How nice it is, to kiss a sixteen-year-old lady instead of an aging dame. How commendable, to advise someone's grown-up daughter to follow the same exciting path her mother once did.

If you agree, then this one is definitely for you. 430+ likes and 280+ shares on Facebook don't lie. Don't forget to click 'CC' for English subtitles. This one is for the ages:

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Misirlou

The Jewish Monkeys And Despina Apostolou Unplugged In Frankfurt
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Misirlou, Miserlou, Miserilou? We've had our own share of discussions on how to spell it. Finally we decided it wasn't about the spelling, as much as it was about the music, the song to be exact. And yet, there [...]

Misirlou, Miserlou, Miserilou? We've had our own share of discussions on how to spell it. Finally we decided it wasn't about the spelling, as much as it was about the music, the song to be exact. And yet, there seems to be a distinct meaning encapsulated in this title, possibly stemming from the Turkish word for Egyptian, mısırlı

While the song itself was popularized by Dick Dale's 1962 American surf rock version and gained further international acclaim by prominently featuring on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's cult movie "Pulp Fiction", the song's origins can be retraced to the Eastern Mediterranean region and an early 1927 Greek rembetiko composition. 

The inherent catchiness of the tune resulted in a variety of alternate, traditional interpretations of the song, including Arabic, Armenian, Persian or Turkish versions as well as Jewish klezmer. Which brings us to our very own Jewish Monkeys and their debut album "Mania Regressia", most notably track #6, aka Misirlou. It is a song sung in Yiddish, about a desert princess, about love, desire and longing: "My Misirilou, girl from the orient / Your eyes have burnt my heart / My hearts gets sicker / In my dreams I see you / Dance in front of me, my beautiful / Turn around even quicker (desert princess), I cannot forget you / Come heal my longing / Only you can heal me".

Now a few months ago, the Jewish Monkeys took their show to Frankfurt, to play their first ever unplugged gig at Salon 99. A regular to the venue as a soloist, acclaimed Greek pianist Despina Apostolou was also among the audience that evening and more than familiar with the song. As such, she kindly accepted to play her own interpretation as an intro to the Monkeys' performance.

You can watch and hear the magic happening below. So for now, we shall let the music take center stage and leave you with Despina Apostolou, the Jewish Monkeys and of course, "Misirlou".

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She's A Revolution

Kutiman Premiers Groovy New VHS-Style Video, 100% Analog

While we are still trying to come to terms with the brilliance of his critically acclaimed, 2015-released "Space Cassava" EP, Tel Aviv-based multi-instrumentalist Kutiman has moved on to new projects, including his [...]

While we are still trying to come to terms with the brilliance of his critically acclaimed, 2015-released "Space Cassava" EP, Tel Aviv-based multi-instrumentalist Kutiman has moved on to new projects, including his 2016 LP "6am", the first official release on his own label Siyal Music.

Tirelessly working to transcend musical and artistic boundaries (if you need further proof check out his "Mix The City" series) here's his most recent feat, the analog, VHS-style, official music video to his album track "She's a Revolution", featuring Adam Scheflan & Karolina, a hypnotic groove and, last but not least, some kaleidoscopic bellydancing. 

Pitchfork described Kutiman’s sound as “a psyched-up groove monster that can't decide between vintage and modern and instead just has it both ways”, while we can only nod are heads in agreement, awe and respect. Aaand action! 

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Bonfires & Stars

Documentary: Electronic Artist Moa Pillar Travels To The Caucasus In Search Of Traditional Circassian Music

What an intriguing project, was the first thought that passed our mind, when watching the trailer to "Bonfires & Stars", a documentary by the Moscow-based Stereotactic collective and director Sasha Voronov. The [...]

What an intriguing project, was the first thought that passed our mind, when watching the trailer to "Bonfires & Stars", a documentary by the Moscow-based Stereotactic collective and director Sasha Voronov. The film details the journey of equally Moscow-based, emerging electronic artist Fyodor Pereverzev, aka Moa Pillar, to the Caucasus, the Kabardino-Balkar Republic to be exact, in order to collaborate with Circassian folk musicians. There he meets his guide Bulat Khalilov, radio host and co-founder of Ored Recordings, an imprint specializing in traditional music from the Causasus, Russia and the world. Together they embark on an inspirational musical adventure, an experiment filled with new encounters, cultural discoveries and philosophical exchanges. 

"Bulat, constantly questions the value of this experience and the possibility of any dialogue between secular traditions and modern culture. For, too often, electronic music has been content to affix a mechanical rhythm onto samples of traditional music in order to make them ‘modern’. Moa Pillar’s project is driven by the ideal of dialogue and exchange, but the initial momentum of opening up to others can easily be transformed into mistrust, given how blurred the lines between appropriation and collaboration are."

Seeing as we haven't yet watched the movie, we cannot come to a proper conclusion, but feel free to watch the trailer below and check for a screening near you. The film will be showing this Friday, January 13th at the Norient Festival in Bern, Switzerland. We are definitely looking forward to the experience and the soundtrack!

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Brazilian Psych Excursions

'Epic Vinyls From Brazil' Release 1-Hour Psych Folk Soul Mix + Tracklist + Liner Notes
 

Here's another one for you diggers out there: Copenhagen's Epic Vinyls from Brazil DJs Contracapa and Sambamuffin deliver another 1-hour vinyl only treasure trove of Brazilian psych records from the late 1960s and [...]

Here's another one for you diggers out there: Copenhagen's Epic Vinyls from Brazil DJs Contracapa and Sambamuffin deliver another 1-hour vinyl only treasure trove of Brazilian psych records from the late 1960s and 70s along with a tracklist and liner notes to all 22 tracks by artists the likes of Gilberto Gil, Caetano Velosa, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes, Jorge Ben, Raul Seixas, Tim Maia and many more. The mix is labeled LSD-1, a tip of the hat to the recently released Brazilian book LSD (aka Lindo Sonho Delirante, or Beautiful Delirious Dream) by Bento Araújo, showcasing 100 noteworthy Brazilian psych records from 1968-1975. You can find a preview here

"Even though we initially set out to make rock and fuzz music the connecting thread in this mix, somehow it ended up being the master from Bahia, Gilberto Gil. Responsible for many manifestations of Brazilian culture in and out of Brazil, Gil is a true force of nature. His music always has a strong connection to the Brazilian heritage and roots."

You can listen to the beautiful mix in the SoundCloud player above. And don't forget to show the Epic Vinyls from Brazil crew some love. 

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Indians & Cowboys & a Grammy

Den Sorte Skole Reel In A Danish Grammy & Announce Huge Roskilde Show For 2017

Happy 2017 everyone! Before we kick off a new year of excitement and extraordinary music from around the globe, we would like to take a minute to reflect on last year or rather to share our personal favourite of [...]

Happy 2017 everyone! Before we kick off a new year of excitement and extraordinary music from around the globe, we would like to take a minute to reflect on last year or rather to share our personal favourite of  2016 with you, being Den Sorte Skole's "Indians & Cowboys" LP, which was rightfully awarded a Danish Grammy for "World Album of the Year 2016" last December, while the two are also nominated as "Best Live Act 2016" for the Danish Critics Award. Well deserved guys!

The Danish sample wizards did it again, releasing yet another seamless longplayer made up of thousands of samples from every corner of the universe and still available as a free download

What's more, the duo just announced a huge show at this year's Roskilde Festival along with a promising trailer, which you can watch below. Rumour has it they are preparing a custom-made spectacle to be performed exclusively on the festival's notorious Orange Stage:

"Imagine the black sky high above Orange Stage. A deafening bass shakes the earth. A portal into a parallel world opens – a place where ancient ghosts and distorted machines communicate through heavenly spirituals and poisonous rhythms. Two tribal robot conductors emerge, bringing along a group of otherworldly guests for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. A surreal musical journey through past, present and future that will make your body move, your jaw drop and your mind space out."

We'll leave it at that, while we go ahead and book our tickets because this is going to be far out to say the least. Hey 2017, bring it on!

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Congo Beat The Drum

Kalbata And Mixmonster Release Documentary Retracing The Origins Of Jamaican Music

Fortuna Records' Kalbata, aka Ariel Tagar, teamed up with fellow producer Mixmonster, aka Uri Wertheim, to produce an album as well as a newly released documentary entitled "Congo Beat The Drum", retracing the [...]

Fortuna Records' Kalbata, aka Ariel Tagar, teamed up with fellow producer Mixmonster, aka Uri Wertheim, to produce an album as well as a newly released documentary entitled "Congo Beat The Drum", retracing the origins of Jamaican music. Well actually, the story goes a little something like this: 

"Ariel and Uri went into their home studio in Tel Aviv, Israel with the purpose of recording a 100% analogue dub album in the spirit of the late King Tubby and the early dancehall era of the late 70's and early 80's. A 16-track tape machine and an old analogue mixing desk were their main instruments, with musicians playing live all throughout the album. A year after recording the instrumental backing tracks, they travelled to Kingston, Jamaica and started tracking down their favourite singers and deejays from days gone by."

The result is not just a great album, featuring the likes of Puddy Roots, Little John, Major Mackerel, Mutabaruka, Trinity, Jah Thomas, Tullo T, Echo Minott or the late Prince Jazzbo, but also a highly entertaining and equally informative 1-hour documentary shot by Ariel himself, or as UK-based online mag Stamp The Wax puts it, "a unique musical journey into the forgotten corners of reggae of the seventies and eighties, and a rare glimpse into the smoky, dusty world of Rub-a-Dub and its past champions" . Watch below...

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Alsarah & The Nubatones

Dive Into The Animated Underwater Visuals To “3roos Elneel”

Wait what? Was pretty much our reaction, when we first heard Alsarah & The Nubatones perform three songs off their sophomore album "Manara" live for NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Based in Brooklyn and blending "a [...]

Wait what? Was pretty much our reaction, when we first heard Alsarah & The Nubatones perform three songs off their sophomore album "Manara" live for NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Based in Brooklyn and blending "a selection of Nubian 'songs of return' from the 1970s-today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan" , the Sudanese-born Alsarah and her band The Nubatones (composed of Alsarah [vocals], Nahid [additional vocals], Rami El Aasser [percussion], Mawuena Kodjovi [bass] and Brandon Terzic [oud]) made a name for themselves with their distinctive brand of "East African retro pop"

Stories of the diaspora, of movement and migration in light of current anti-immigrant tendencies, wrapped in soulful compositions to transcend remaining cultural and linguistic barriers, always asking, “What is home?” and “What does it sound like?”; such is the musical art of Alsarah & The Nubatones, quite simply, a thing of beauty. 

“Sometimes we leave home willingly, sometimes we are forced out, sometimes we plan to go back, and sometimes we don’t know if we will ever see our loved ones again. But one thing we always know is that we don’t want to forget, or be forgotten. As the sea takes us, Manara is the lighthouse anchoring our journey, and the keeper of our secrets. Not a destination, but rather a marker along the way”, explains Alsarah.

In the same vein, the band just released a brand new visual to "3roos Elneel", which sets mermaid-like singers Alsarah and Nahid before a magical underwater scenery by designer/director/producer Maryam Parwana.

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ShellacHead's Annual Selection

78 rpm Cohort David Murray Presents His Annual Mix Of Global Rarities

'Tis the season for giving. And oh what a gift ShellacHead's David Murray has compiled for all us music lovers out there. Following in the footsteps of his "Lost 45s of Sudan" release earlier this year, Murray [...]

'Tis the season for giving. And oh what a gift ShellacHead's David Murray has compiled for all us music lovers out there. Following in the footsteps of his "Lost 45s of Sudan" release earlier this year, Murray dug deep into his crates of 78 rpm records and just released "ShellacHead's Annual" year-end compilation with a selection of his favourite 2016 finds from around the globe.

This here is true black gold, featuring a diverse 20-track selection of rarities from Pakistan, Japan, Kurdistan, Cambodia, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Zanzibar, Morocco, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Burma, Ethiopia, Curacao, Iran, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Yemen and India. And, what's more, you can download the entire repertoire on a 'name your price' basis from Bandcamp. Much appreciated!

"2016 is drawing to a conclusion, which means it’s time to reflect on all the sounds that have flooded our ears, filtering the musically nutritious records like plankton through baleen. As usual, ShellacHead searches the nooks and crannies of the 78 rpm realm in search of those special moments of musical epiphany that exist outside the safe confines of popular mainstream pablum. While it was a particularly depressing year, watching humanity blindly rush hell-bent toward self-destruction, I hope these recordings will provide some solace as reminders that music is perhaps the one true thing of beauty that we’ve created during our time on this planet. Enjoy!"

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Tribal Affairs

Loco Hot Joins Forces With A-Wa On "I'm A Tribe"

APE Records' sizzling duo Loco Hot, made up of BBB drumlord Tamir Muskat and lead vocalist Gilad Kahana, returns with its brand new single "I'm A Tribe", a collaborative effort with the mesmerising Yemenite sisters [...]

APE Records' sizzling duo Loco Hot, made up of BBB drumlord Tamir Muskat and lead vocalist Gilad Kahana, returns with its brand new single "I'm A Tribe", a collaborative effort with the mesmerising Yemenite sisters of A-Wa (watch their breakthrough single "Habib Galbi") and yet another example of top shelf production work. The official music video released towards the end of October and already collected over 135K views on YouTube. Rightfully so: Decked out with an absolutely banging 'electroriental' beat and a downright hypnotic chorus by A-Wa "I'm A Tribe" is sure to stick. Check out the live performance at this year's InDNegev festival below and join the loco tribe. It's time to unite in sound!

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North African 78s

The Vinyl Factory Unearths Brilliant Mix Via Ceints De Bakélite

Late last week The Vinyl Factory released a mix of North African 78 rpm records by ways of Parisian blog Ceints de bakélite, tracing the origins of Maghreb music. Ceints de bakélite specializes on 78s from around [...]

Late last week The Vinyl Factory released a mix of North African 78 rpm records by ways of Parisian blog Ceints de bakélite, tracing the origins of Maghreb music. Ceints de bakélite specializes on 78s from around the world, focussing mainly on non-Western popular music and other musical curiosities. 

The 52-minute mix features 12 tracks spanning "both folk and popular music recordings made in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia from the 1930s to the 1950s. It starts and finishes with hypnotic gasba flute performances but also features some of the most famous singers in Maghreb at that time, such as Reinette l’Oranaise, Salim Halali and Zohra el Fassia".

A short introduction to the mix also offers some insight to the field of 78 recordings: "These thick and heavy records [composed mainly of shellac] were produced from the late 1880s and lasted until the 1950s in western countries, one or even two decades later in some other places like India or South Africa. 78 rpm is a generic term that actually refers to a wide and fascinating variety of records. From the 5″ records produced in Germany by Emile Berliner in 1889 to French 20″ centre-start Pathé records from the 1910s, their sizes are anything but standard and would probably delight DJ Food and his odd-sized records list. Their speed also varied from 60 to 130 rpm until it was standardized in the 1920s. [...] Besides western classical music and opera, the pre-vinyl repertoire also includes several decades of jazz and blues recordings, as well as the very first rock ‘n’ roll or rhythm and blues songs. Furthermore, a huge amount of records were made outside Europe and North America starting from the beginning of the 20th century and the last majority of this material has never been reissued in any formats. So finding the original 78s is often the only way to listen to the first recordings made in North Africa, Middle East or East and South East Asia."

Find more exciting 78 releases visit the Ceints de bakélite blog, Excavated Shellac or Jewish Maghrib. But for now, head over to The Vinyl Factory and listen to Ceints de bakélite's mix of North African 78s. Tracklist below. 

01. Cheikha Mama Labassia – Nahjar Nahjar, part 1 (Pathé, Algeria)
02. Zineb Bent Sigya – Mama Skertek China (Polydor, Algeria)
03. Lebrati dit Sassi – Lemta Yahna Kelbi (Columbia, Algeria)
04. Cheikh Nourredine – Sabhanek Allah (Pathé, Algeria)
05. Cheikha Zohra el Fassia – Ah Ya Aua (Polyphon, Morocco)
06. Raissa Mbarka et sa troupe – Lalla Aicha, part 1 (Pathé, Morocco)
07. Cheikh Ali Soufi – Ya Rabbi Sidi Kodertek, part 1 (Disque Gramophone, Algeria)
08. Reinette l’Oranaise – El Khikaa (Polyphon, Algeria)
09. Salim Halali – Elli Kalbou Safi (Pathé, Algeria)
10. Louisa Tounsia – Estanitek ou Ma Jitini (Disque Gramophone, Tunisia)
11. Smarda el Olgia – Noubet Edmaïl (Smarda, Tunisia)
12. Anonymous – Gasba Touila, solo de flûte oranaise (Pathé, Algeria)

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A Tribe Called Red

Ushering In The Mystical Prophecies Of The Halluci Nation

Months of protests led by the Native American Sioux Indian community, involving hefty clashes between demonstrators and federal law enforcement on behalf of a planned pipeline project in the state of North Dakota, [...]

Months of protests led by the Native American Sioux Indian community, involving hefty clashes between demonstrators and federal law enforcement on behalf of a planned pipeline project in the state of North Dakota, took a decisive turn this weekend, as the US Army intervened and will now allegedly look into alternative routes.

Meanwhile, across the border in Canada, native producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red (est. 2008), aka Bear Witness, 2oolman and DJ NDN, continues to take a positive musical stand and share its unique palette of electronic sounds with a broadening global community: "A Tribe Called Red promotes inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of social justice. They believe that indigenous people need to define their identity on their own terms. If you share this vision, then you are already part of the Halluci Nation."

Coincidentally, "We Are The Halluci Nation" is also the name of the group's recently released third studio album (after "Nation II Nation" 2013 and "A Tribe Called Red" 2012). The three-piece is considered to be "the primary purveyors of powwow step", a blend of instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with indigenous elements such as vocal chanting and drumming.

It does not come as a surprise then that the late Native American activist, poet and musician John Trudell is the first voice you hear on the collective's new album, including feature performances by Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Saul Williams, Colombian visual artist and musician Lido Pimienta as well as native musicians the likes of Black Bear, Tanya Tagaq, Australian aboriginal band OKA or Swedish-Sami singer Maxida Marak:

We are the tribe that they cannot see.
We live on an industrial reservation.
We are the Halluci Nation.

We have been called the Indians. 
We have been called Native American.
We have been called hostile.
We have been called pagan.
We have been called militant.
We have been called many names. 

We are the Halluci Nation. 
We are the human beings. 
The callers of names cannot see us, but we can see them.

We are the Halluci Nation.
Our DNA is of earth and sky.
Our DNA is of past and future. 

We are the Halluci Nation. 
We are the evolution, the continuation. 
Halluci Nation.

John Trudell, Poet Tree Publishing

Watch "We Are The Halluci Nation" here or “ALie Nation” here. Also, last week marked the premiere of the group's latest music video for its single "The Virus", featuring outspoken rapper/singer/songwriter/poet and actor Saul Williams and the Chippewa Travellers family drum group. So without further ado, watch the new clip below for a healthy dose of A Tribe Called Red's mighty powwow step. 

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...To The Beat Of The Drum

Sofrito's Hugo Mendez Delivers Dancefloor-Destined Mix Of After Hours Percussions
 

East London-based Sofrito collective/imprint has been steadily adding flavour to a vast global scene of tropical club culture for the past decade and is still going strong: 

"Sofrito mixes up vintage sounds from [...]

East London-based Sofrito collective/imprint has been steadily adding flavour to a vast global scene of tropical club culture for the past decade and is still going strong: 

"Sofrito mixes up vintage sounds from across the tropics with modern productions and exclusive dubplate specials, bridging the gap between eras and continents to produce a unique and intense sound that has seen them play at clubs and festivals across the world, [...] while the label covers everything from Nigerian acid boogie to raw Gwo Ka rhythms, futuristic sounds from new European producers and heavy Latin vibes from the Pacific coast of Colombia."

In light of tonight's Winter Dance at London's BLOC, Sofrito's own Hugo Mendez serves up a delightful, dancefloor-destined mix of deep percussive goodness from Brazil, Guadeloupe, Senegal, Cape Verde, Réunion, Jamaica, Glasgow and more. Listen to the mix via Mixcloud or in our SoundCloud player above.

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