An explosive fusion of Balkan and Gypsy rhythms and lightening-fast melodies from the Romanian band whose song featured all over the Borat soundtrack. Be transported straight to a Gypsy wedding!
Their music is known the world over as the basis for the classic Shantel remix of their track Mahalageasca. They’ve played the Barbican Centre with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello, and the Royal Festival Hall in the Gypsy Queens and Kings show. They are the mighty Mahala Rai Banda, an explosive combination of Gypsy accordion and fiddle in the tradition of Johnny Depp favourites Taraf de Haidouks, and ex-Romanian military brass blowers in the line of Fanfare Ciocarlia.
Mahala means ‘the Gypsy part of town’, Rai is ‘honourable’ and Banda…. Well, there are 11 of them on stage. Their show last year at Rich Mix was a mother of all parties.
Over all the way from Romania for some UK festivals, Mahala Rai Banda will kick off Rich Mix’s festival of East European music and football in style – and will set the musical bar high! Don’t miss this chance to catch them in white-hot action - and to dance like a loon!
Plus DJ till late.
Organised by Kazum.
Part of the East in East: Euro 2012 Festival.
Mahala Rai Banda