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Their name suggests a troupe of plugged-in Gypsies, and Balkan Beat Box is that, for starters. Lob on overdoses of klezmer and hip-hop, funk and dub, brass band and Arabic elements, and you'll be closer to getting it. Formed around two Israeli-born musicians,Tamir Muskat, who pounds the drums and takes care of the programming, and saxman Ori Kaplan, Balkan Beat Box is a veritable melting pot of disparate sounds and seemingly contrary influences, all scrunched together seamlessly and disguised as an exhausting riot. It's not that others haven't attempted the sort of mix that BBB does on this sophomore effort, it's that none have been so successful at pulling it off. On tracks like "Digital Monkey," with its dancehall-style toasting atop bottom-heavy techno and snaky brass, and "Joro Boro," with its surfy guitar, stark, industrial rhythm and mesmeric guest vocal from Dessislava Stefanova of the London Bulgarian Choir, it's one surprise after another here. Calling it world music wouldn't do it justice, it's more like out of this world music.

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Awesome Follow-Up!!!!

This is an incredible Sophmore effort from this insanely eclectic group. I highly suggest their First album. I have seen them 3 times already. Really awesome stuff. I like the main message of their music, which is that Israelis and Arabs and whoever else CAN co-exist. I had the distince honor of meeting Ori Kaplan last year and he is one the nicest people I have ever met. So play this album and play it LOUD! DrewSalem

BalkanBeatBox

Let me put it simpily. With their mix of electronic, eastern european, funk, and middle eastern, Balkan Beat Box is like none other. Everytime I listen to there music, whether if it's in the doctors officer, the car, or at their concert, I find myself bouncing to the beat Their new new album, I have to say I might like better but both are amazing. I've been fortunate to see them live three times already and am planning to see them in a month at the Lotus World Music Fest. If BBB is playing near you, treat yourself and go see them.

This is awesome song

Jason derulo stole this beat -_-

Biography

Formed: 2003 in New York, NY

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a group of musicians rotating around the Israel-born New Yorkers Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat, Balkan Beat Box plays Mediterranean-influenced music that incorporates traditions from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and New York electronica. Both men had plenty of experience playing in various eclectic bands before starting BBB: saxophonist Kaplan came to the U.S. to play jazz but soon fell into the underground, immigrant-driven scene, hooking up with Gogol Bordello and others, while percussionist...
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