Raucous Gypsy Disco Partisans

DJ Shantel - Disko Partizani
DJ Shantel – Disko Partizani

DJ Shantel – Disko Partizani (Crammed, 2007)

Ready for a  raucous Gypsy party? DJ Shantel has recorded a CD that will thrill Gypsy music and dance music fans alike. Disko Partizani brings together the lively sensation of Gypsy pop, the powerful sound of brass bands, edgy techno and retro disco beats as well as the celebratory atmosphere of a Balkan Gypsy gathering with handclapping and shouts of encouragement.

Shantel conceived the songs while traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East and South America. His inspiration came at  a atypical locations, like a railroad station in Romania, a highway stop in Greece, an airport terminal in Istanbul, an Arabic Café in Tel-Aviv, a taxi stand in Sofia, the back seat in a Mercedes Benz belonging to a Macedonian gypsy king, as well as backstages in London, Paris and Rio de Janeiro.

For the recording, Shantel recruited a reputable collection of  instrumentalists and singers to complement the duo he forms with his studio partner Marcus Darius (drums). The extensive list of guests includes Serbian singer Vesna Petkovic; trumpeter Marko Markovic (the son and Nr 1 sideman of Serbian brass music king Boban Markovic); Bulgarian clarinetist Filip Simeonov (Taraf de Haidouks); Shantel’s old Greek friend; Thessalonica-based singer and composer Jannis Karis; François Castiello, who plays accordion with famous French band Bratsch; Canadian singer Brenna MacCrimmon, who achieved cult status in Istanbul through Fatih Akin’s "Crossing the Bridge" film; Bulgarian saxophonist Vladimir Karparov; Sashko Wladigeroff on trumpet ; Izmir-based violinist Costas Ramos; keyboardist Marcus Schumacher (Äl Jawala); Ruth Maria Renner aka Miss Platnum, a Berlin-based Romanian R&B vocalist; Viennese musicians Kurt Bauer and Lothar Lässer, who have frequently been seen playing violin and accordion at Shantel’s side on stages all over the world; members of Tel Aviv’s Balkan surf rock band Boom Pam; Ukrainian DJ/vocalist Yuriy Gurzhy (of Russendisko fame); trumpeter Roy Paci (Manu Chao); London bass player Ken Taylor; and Berlin reggae/dancehall queen Mantiz.

With Disko Partizani DJ Shantel has created a new hybrid sound that brings Gypsy and Balkan music to the trendy dance clubs of Central Europe and beyond.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.