Passionate Tribute to the Timeless Songs of Šaban Bajramović

Eva Salina – Lema Lema – Eva Salina sings Šaban Bajramović (Vogiton Records, 2016)

Talented American vocalist Eva Salina is passionate about Balkan music and dedicates her new album to Serbian artist Šaban Bajramović, one of the most influential Gypsy (Roma) singers from Eastern Europe.

In this tribute, Eva Salina combines tradition with modernity. On Lema Lema she incorporates the currently popular Balkan brass sound along with jazz improvisation, rock beats and pop production elements.

Eva Salina’s vivacious and seductive Gypsy party includes well known artists from the New York Balkan, Gypsy and Klezmer scene such as Slavic Soul Party!, Kultur Shock, and The Klezmatics, along with special guests from Europe recorded during a 2015 unforgettable trip Eva Salina and some of her US-based musicians made to Serbia.

The lineup includes Eva’s longtime musical colleague, Romani accordionist Peter Stan; John Carlson on trumpet and flugelhorn; famed Romani trumpeter Ekrem Mamutović; Frank London on trumpet, flugelhorn, alto horn, Farfisa organ; Patrick Fareel on accordion, Farfisa organ, alto horn; Ron Caswell on tuba, trumpet, tenor horn, guitar, bass, Moog synthesizer, chorus, sampling and drum programming; Terry Szor on piccolo trumpet; Valson Mamutović on tenor horn; Brandon Seabrook on guitar; Ćerim Bećirović on tuba and chorus; Danny Blume on bass and chorus; Chris Stromquist on drums; Deep Singh on dhol and dholak; Mathias Kunzli on percussion; Seido Saliforski on tapan (drum); Elis Alimanovski on tapan; Daniel Bećirović on chorus and percussion, Dalibor Bećirović on chorus and percussion; Marjan Zecik on chorus; and Javorka Bećirović on vocals.

Lema Lema is an intensely moving album that brings back the timeless songs of the great Šaban Bajramović.

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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 and 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.


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