Stand up people: Gypsy pop songs from Tito’s Yugoslavia

Part of the record collection amassed for the compilation / Photo: Philip Knox

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the historical compilation of hard-to-find Roma pop classics is set for release in 2013 For the past year, British music aficionados Philip Knox and Nat Morris have been indulging in a dulcet love affair with

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Ones to Watch 2012: Neki Stranac

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We bring you a selection of Balkan-related artists to keep your eye on this year In his own words, Neki Stranac was imagined as a Robin Hood of modern music – stealing tracks from famous artists, transforming them and giving

Top 10 bizarre turbo-folk covers of rock and pop hits

Bosnian Serb folk star Seka Aleksic: from Rihanna to Yngwie Malmsteen

The Balkan turbo-folk artists have been notorious for their fast-paced lifestyle of guns, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. It doesn’t surprise their musical inspiration comes from unexpected places, including some of rock’s holiest of holies. Brace yourselves 1. Mira Škorić –

Help us understand what Indira is singing


The song you’re about to hear is probably a historic one. It’s the first attempt to try and transfer the authentic Balkan-style turbo folk emotion into French language. The only problem we have is that we cannot understand the lyrics.

One hell of a ride: thirty years of Lepa Brena

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The biggest folk star in the Balkans turns fifty. You can’t say the ride was a dull one What would you do if you were a beautiful, twenty-something Muslim blonde in 1980s Yugoslavia, having an incredible voice and even more

Madhouse couture: ultranationalists go fashion

The kiss of Judas: Dr Dabic (left) and Serbian President Tadic

The infamous Belgrade bar where war criminal Radovan Karadzic once drank Bear’s Blood wine and sang hymns to himself, opened its doors to an unusual fashion event, featuring Slobodan Milosevic, George W Bush, Condoleeza Rice and of course, Jesus and

A short journey through psychedelic Balkan folk music

Rooster eye, photo by Cecil Williams

We’ve asked Milan Djuric from Shazalakazoo to compile us a YouTube playlist of lesser-known folk music from the Balkans. As expected, the result is a stunning 10 track collection of sheer musical madness, ranging from Macedonian Gypsy bands, through Albanian



One of the most talented young Serbian producers, Luka Papic a.k.a MangulicaFM feels comfortable in the sound of contemporary indie electronics that’s based in dub and instrumental hip hop. Mangulica filters these two through a palette of local ethnic melodies,

Serbian guilty pleasures: who’s afraid of turbo folk?


The notorious music culture that became synonymous with Serbia’s former nationalist regime has anything but disappeared. Turbo-folk continues to play the role of both hero and villain – as Serbia’s best known ‘brand’ and a skeleton in its closet. After



Folk-step? NeuBalkan trash-hop? Oriental-Core? What-the-fuck? Oh, it must be the (in)famous Shazalakazoo! The duo comprised of Scratchmaster Uce and MC Djura, has been making music since the late 1990s in various incarnations, from improvised radio shows to concerts and club