Exuberant Masters of Balkan Drum and Brass

Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar – Golden Horns – The Best of Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar
Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar

Golden Horns – The Best of Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar (Piranha Musik, 2012)

The Golden Horns compilation is an excellent opportunity to discover the wonderful world of Balkan brass music. Serbian Gypsy legend Boban Markovic and his son Marko have become world music stars and are frequent headliners at international music festivals.

This Best Of album contains splendid examples of Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar’s recorded music which ranges from traditional eastern European Roma (Gypsy) brass music to mixes with electronic dance beats, jazz, soul and global sounds.

As a DJ, I’ve had nearly twenty years to see the reaction Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar get from the crowd,” explains album compiler DJ Robert Soko (BalkanBeats). “Tracks like ‘Khelipe e cheasa,’ ‘Od Srca,’ and ‘Mundo Chochek’ simply kick ass. They get people dancing like crazy.”

Golden Horns includes two bonus tracks, remixes by Soko (“Go Marko Go”) and [dunkelbunt].

They are an authentic Serbian brass band who reinterpret traditional pieces and play their own compositions in a listenable, danceable manner. They are just so good at conveying the beauty of Southeast European music, and making it palatable for Western audiences,” says Soko. “At the same time, they are constantly experimenting with other musical genres—jazz, soul, classical, or even disco—melting various elements together and producing a new sound of their own.”

Golden Horns – The Best of Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar reveals the vitality and appeal of one of the finest orchestras of Balkan brass music.

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 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. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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