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Combining assorted flavours from all around the Mediterranean with solid rock+reggae foundations, this New York-based band are one of the electro/world sensations of the last three years.

Although the media have associated them with the so-called Gypsy Rock movement, their roots are reaching way beyond that: they blends Greek guitars, Arab & Bulgarian guest singers, Balkanoid horns ... Read more in Amazon's Balkan Beat Box Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Nov. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Essay
  • ASIN: B000AXW4QU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cha Cha
2. Bulgarian Chicks
3. Adir Adirim
4. 9/4 The Ladies
5. Shushan
6. Ya Man
7. Gross
8. Sunday Arak
9. Hassan's Mimuna
10. Meboli
11. La Bush Resistance
12. The Balkan Beat Box first show (Bonus video directed and filmed by Alma Harel)

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Balkan Beat Box are an intoxicating combination of performance, World-infused electronic music with live musicians from Israel, Morocco, and even Iran. DJ's collide with Flamenco dancers, Belly dancers, and a VJ, mixing the ecstatic sounds and sights of the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe. Have a look at their 11-minute video which is included on this CD: The Balkan Beat Box first show.

Balkan Beat Box views music with fresh eyes: as a continuing cultural dialogue. It can take the form of a clash of cultures, and sometimes it is diasporic in nature. At other times it is Israeli with all the music that lives there - Arabic, Sephardic, Hassidic - a true melting pot with never-ending sources of inspiration. Balkan Beat Box performs regularly in Israel, where it receives rave reviews and a tremendous audience reaction. This summer BBB presented their music in some of the biggest Festivals in Europe and North America and received a wild reaction and standing ovations.

Balkan Beat Box is best explained as a performance-meets-dance party that generates ecstatic energy by blending electronic music with hard-edged folk music from North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Their festive evenings also feature colourful costumes and bedecked performers dancing and performing throughout the party. The musical crew which is led by Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat also includes MC, vocalist and percussionist Tomer Yosef, Uri Kinrot on guitar, Itamar Ziegler on bass and special guests the Bulgarian Chicks, Hassan Ben Jaffar, Victoria Hanna, belly dancers, flamenco dancers and more!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Not every album kicks off with a rooster crowing. But then, not every band is brave enough for some quirky folk/hip-hop as their main sound.
Much like their sister band Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box creates a funky mishmash of cultural influences. But their music ends up sounding like a gypsy electronica musician who just got back from a Middle-Eastern tour. Yup, it's really as wild as it sounds.
It kicks off with the most infectious song on the album, "Cha Cha," which commands you "dance!" before the beat kicks in -- deliciously funky and danceable. It's followed by the glorious "Bulgarian Chicks," which has Vlada Tomova & Kristin Espeland singing merrily over trumpets and dancey beats.
Then they take a detour out of folkland, with dark hip-hop, Middle Eastern wails, sultry European saxophones, and delightfully raucous blasts of Eastern-European rock'n'roll, with chants interspersing blasts of grimy guitar. It ends on a surprisingly low-key note, with the hypnotic beats of "La Bush Resistance," with Tomer Yosef and Amir Shahasar chanting over it all.
If you had to describe Balkan Beat Box, then it would probably be Middle-Eastern/Jewish/gypsy beatbox/rock/electrofolk. If there's a name for fusion music like that, I'd love to hear of it, because it would probably be as entertainingly colourful as the music itself.
Balkan Beat Box's strongest point is its instrumentation -- we've got the usual instruments, but they're almost smothered in a thick layer of woodwinds, trombones, trumpets, sax and electronic programming here and there. And the musical styles are flexible -- we've got the jagged hip-hop right next to slithering Mid-East beats and bouncy Eastern European stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams on 3 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Sultry and hypnotic horns blend with an almost surf-style guitar mixing Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Israeli and Eastern European influences with a heavy dance beat; and it works really well! Balkan Beat Box sucessfully manage to mix everything together as if it was always meant to be that way.

The Bulgarian Chicks are terrific and Victoria Hanna's vocals on Adir Adirim are fantastic and 9/4 for the Ladies is a brilliant dance track. This is an album you'll listen to over and over again. And their second album, Nu Med, is even better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Hall on 7 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I originally bought the Radio 3 2007 World Music Awards and it contained the song 'Cha Cha' by the Balkan Beat Box. I liked the track so much I ordered the album and I was definitely not disappointed. Several of my friends have listened and loved it also - although my 22 year old niece thought it was wierd.

The style is adequately described in the other reviews so I won't repeat. I have played it several times and enjoy it more each time. (BTW, The Radio 3 WMA album is also a brilliant album).
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By Mikey on 29 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Like another reviewer I also came to this CD via Radio 3 2007 World Music Awards. Balkan Beat Box is a very exciting fusion of Balkan/Gypsy/HipHop/Midele Eastern styles and it is impossible to listen to without moving your feet. What more do you need to know? Enjoy! Their other CD Nu Med is also great; possibly even better. Get them both.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
In a Box 25 Mar. 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not every album kicks off with a rooster crowing. But then, not every band is brave enough for some quirky folk/hip-hop as their main sound.

Much like their sister band Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box creates a funky mishmash of cultural influences. But their music ends up sounding like a gypsy electronica musician who just got back from a Middle-Eastern tour. Yup, it's really as wild as it sounds.

It kicks off with the most infectious song on the album, "Cha Cha," which commands you "dance!" before the beat kicks in -- deliciously funky and danceable. It's followed by the glorious "Bulgarian Chicks," which has Vlada Tomova & Kristin Espeland singing merrily over trumpets and dancey beats.

Then they take a detour out of folkland, with dark hip-hop, Middle Eastern wails, sultry European saxophones, and delightfully raucous blasts of Eastern-European rock'n'roll, with chants interspersing blasts of grimy guitar. It ends on a surprisingly low-key note, with the hypnotic beats of "La Bush Resistance," with Tomer Yosef and Amir Shahasar chanting over it all.

If you had to describe Balkan Beat Box, then it would probably be Middle-Eastern/Jewish/gypsy beatbox/rock/electrofolk. If there's a name for fusion music like that, I'd love to hear of it, because it would probably be as entertainingly colourful as the music itself.

Balkan Beat Box's strongest point is its instrumentation -- we've got the usual instruments, but they're almost smothered in a thick layer of woodwinds, trombones, trumpets, sax and electronic programming here and there. And the musical styles are flexible -- we've got the jagged hip-hop right next to slithering Mid-East beats and bouncy Eastern European stuff.

The vocals per se aren't really provided by the official band, but by a long list of vocalists who sort of chip in on one song each. This can be a little confusing at times, especially since none of them really sound like each other, but it does add to the raucously unexpected sound of the album.

If anybody is completely sick of prepackaged, flavourless pop music, then they should check out Balkan Beat Box. Colourful, energetic and thoroughly entertaining.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Crazy World Beat Gyrations 18 Oct. 2005
By A. Frey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had the pleasure of seeing this amazing outfit live in Madison, WI as part of the World Music Festival on the UW Madison campus. These musicians from around the globe stole the show. Fantastic energy and fresh, fresh, fresh combinations of world music mixed with contrasting samples and grooving beats.

Needless to say I had to have their disc. It is superb. All the things they did live were distilled and focussed here. Even the chicken on the cover, which crows during some songs. I have listened to this disc at least 20 times already and still have trouble prying it from my player.

This is what the future of music is looking like.

Also check out Gogol Bordello.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I know what I like 5 Oct. 2005
By E. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sample the second song. Sample the other songs. Order the disc and be prepared to have your musical world expand. Whatever you may call this stuff it is wonderful in ways that keep calling and when you find yourself humming one of these tunes as you wander the supermarket shopping for dinner you get to go back home and crank it up while you cook. Good eatin'.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Bulgarian chicks really knock me out 10 Feb. 2006
By James Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is rare to find a group that is willing to share so much of their music and videos over the Internet. Their raucous mix of World music is great fun and their concerts appear to be a riot! It is easy to see why they have struck a nerve. Although you can hear all their music at their website, and even download their videos, you should buy this CD to support this group that will have you dancing in the streets.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Balkan Beat Box & Hip Hop Hoodios = The New Face of Jewish-Alternative 3 Dec. 2005
By Lil' Creeper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What a year 2005 has proven to be. Matisyahu broke through in a major way, but two of the most interesting new Jewish acts also released albums this year: Balkan Beat Box and Latino-Jewish collective Hip Hop Hoodios.

Gone are the schmaltzy, lame stereotype acts like 2 Live Jews and 50 Shekel. In their place have arrived new acts that represent the true cultural tapestry of Jewish culture. I really enjoy the Balkan Beat Box concept - it's all over the place, and they put on an amazing live show (especially the one at Irving Plaza). Likewise, I discovered Hip Hop Hoodios through their video "Gorrito Cosmico" on MTV Espanol - never did I think an openly Jewish act could make it in the Latino community.

So let me say, if you are an open-minded Amazon shopper, pick up the Balkan Beat Box album and also grab Hip Hop Hoodios "Agua Pa' La Gente" while you're at it. Shalom!!
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