Mahala Rai Banda
Ghetto Blasters (Asphalt Tango Records, 2009)
With their 2009 recording Ghetto Blasters, Mahala Rai Banda are now part of Asphalt Tango Records, a German label that specializes in high quality Gypsy music recordings. Although the Romanian "all stars" Gypsy band has only been around since the late 1990s, it is now one of the finest Gypsy music acts in the Balkans.
Aurel Ionita founded Mahala Rai Banda by bringing in some of the finest Gypsy musicians from the rural villages of Clejani and Zece Prajini, and also from Bucharest’s ghettos. The music in Ghetto Blasters includes spectacular brass solos and arrangements, virtuoso violin playing, masterful solos by cymbalom and accordion players, bluesy ballads, Balkan melodies and a loud and funky rhythm section that provides pop beats as well as Middle Eastern rhythms and the Spanish rumba of their Gypsy cousins far west, in Spain.
Ghetto Blasters by Mahala Rai Banda is a truly irresistible and passionate recording by some of Romania’s best Gypsy musicians.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.