Win Tix to Balkan Beat Box!

Look! They can fly too!
Look! They can fly too!

Founded by ex-Gogol Bordello member Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat of Firewater, Balkan Beat Box is one of those irresistible can’t-stop-dancing bands that brings together disparate types of music from across the globe to create a polyglot sound that activates every dormant aural-receptor in your brain. Plus they bring hot bellydancing chicks to their shows! Woo! They play with Deleon at the El Rey on the 9th.

And we’ve got tix! Just tell me your favorite “world” or “fusion” artist in the comments, along with your email address so I can reach you when you win. See? Easy peasy.

Or if you’re just not clever enough to comment, you can buy tix here.

7 thoughts on “Win Tix to Balkan Beat Box!”

  1. I think one of my favorites is Gaudi with amazing Sufi singing by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Nusrat’s singing is mesmerizing and soul stiring and the combination with the dub inspired grooves is beautiful in my opinion.

    The other one I’ll throw out there is not an artist but a compilation disk called Bottletop Presents Sound Affects: Africa. Favorite song being the Honny & The Bees Band – Psychedelic Woman (Bonobo Remix).

    For something a little less fushiony I’ll go with Toubab Krewe.


  2. At the moment, I’m actually listening to a lot of Golgol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box. I also really like Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Angelique Kidji, Baaba Maal, Leningrad, Nortec Collective, and something called the Balkan Hot Step Sound System but I don’t think they had an album per se, just some tracks you could download from their short-lived site.

    And because I’ve been hanging out with a certain type of belly dancer, a lot of M.I.A.

  3. Gamelan Çudamani. I’ve been playing Balinese Gamelan for about 10 years now, and these guys (and gals) are the best in the world. I got to work with their leader, Dewa Berata, a few times over the years – ridiculously awesome player and composer, and just a super-nice guy. Unfortunately, I missed them the last time they played at UCLA, and they only come around once every 3 years or so.

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