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Kabatronics - Fanfara Tirana Meets Transglobal Underground

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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Village UK
  • ASIN: B009VKLC48
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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Albanian brass maestros FANFARA TIRANA team up with the UK s TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND for a rumbustious new musical progeny they call KABATRONICS. The two maverick groups have conceived a truly dynamic cross-border, cross-cultural jamboree. Drawing on a Tom Tiddler s ground of musical treasures, Balkan and otherwise, they exchange ideas, melodies and lyrics to tell new tales of mystery and re-imagination in a sparkling celebration of life, love and solidarity, with roots in history and sights on the future. The DIGITAL SINGLE of No Guns to the Wedding has already hit the ether, with a bonus rib-shaking remix by the man DJ NEVENKO. A second digital single (Three Beauties + Dr Das Remix) will follow later. 'Transglobal Underground and the Fanfara Tirana share many qualities. Both are rooted in a native popular culture, which serves them as a springboard to explore and deconstruct the cultures of others, approaching them with curiosity, fascination and wit, searching for common ground in an endless dialogue of possibilities...pitting a grass-roots creative solidarity against the machinery of globalism, building fellowships from below.' Kim Burton (from the sleevenotes)

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Yes I knew it was going to be good, but perhaps not this good. Kabatronics is a proper album like wot they used to make: diverse, consistent, well produced and with a whole that's greater than its many impressive parts. --Jamie Renton, fRoots March 2013

There have been some patchy fusion sets this year, but here's an experiment that actually works. Fanfara Tirana consists of members of the military band of the Albanian armed forces, who play for weddings and parties when not on official duties, and bravely decided to team up with British global dance mavericks Transglobal Underground. The result is a highly entertaining clash of Albanian brass and beats, with unexpected echoes of India or the Caribbean added in. It starts with an unearthly blast of trumpets, woodwind and vocals, driven on by furious Indian dhol percussion, guitars and loop effects. Then Jamaican dancehall invades the Balkan party scene as singer Tuup intones, 'I hope the rude boys don't bring their guns to the wedding', before the two bands move on for a furious clash of brass and sitar, or epic laments that would make great film music. The best Transglobal offering since Moonshout. FOUR STARS --Guardian

For more than 20 years, London's TGU have placed traditional world music sounds in a contemporary context in an unforced, unexploitational way that works because they collaborate rather than just appropriate. So this great Albanian brass band were in the studio rather than lifted from the grooves of some old vinyl. There's a real vitality and immediacy to the meaty beats, crunching tubas and mercurial clarinets that speak lucidly of both past and present. FOUR STARS --The Independent


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