Mondomix (France) 5 STARS + MENTION “MONDOMIX M’AIME” - “Mondomix M’aime” - “Un travail en profondeur qui évite les effets tape-à-l’oeil et soigne une approche musicale dans le respect des traditions approchées. Inspiré et heureux.”
Alias (Italy) 5 STARS - “Unique! If you miss this record, too bad for you. Here we are in the presence of two giants of no borders music with no ideological barriers, least of all when it comes to play. The marvel at what comes from Albania “committing a sin” with reggae, transgressing at the sound of a sitar, weaving electronics with brass and losing itself in voices coming from very far away in time and space.
Il manifesto (Italy) 5 STARS - “A stellar album! 14 resounding tracks! A star that truly shines and glare of its own! To hear, endless times. Especially if with each listen, that star shines more and more.”
FRoots (UK) 5 STARS - “Yes i knew it was going to be good, but perhaps not this good. Kabatronics is a proper album like wot they used to make: diverse, consistent, well produced and with a whole that’s greater than its many impressive parts.”
The Times (UK) 4 STARS - “A symbol of cultural fusion in 2013 who would fit the bill! Any dJ can turn up the amps to create bangin’ Balkan beats but the mix of ouds, sitars, guitars and brass sounds completely organic here, whether on gentle laments or trouser-shaking floor-fillers.”
The Guardian (UK) 4 STARS - “An experiment that actually works. The result is a highly entertaining clash of Albanian brass and beats, with unexpected echoes of india or the Caribbean added in. Epic laments that would make great film music.”
The Independent (UK) 4 STARS - “So this great Albanian brass band were in the studio rather than lifted from the grooves of some old vinyl. There’s a real vitality and immediacy to the meaty beats, crunching tubas and mercurial clarinets that speak lucidly of both past and present.”
Two maverick groups, Britain’s eclectic Trans-Global Underground and Albanian brass maestros Fanfara Tirana, team up for a dynamic cross-border, cross-cultural jamboree. Drawing on a Tom Tiddler’s ground of musical treasures, Balkan and otherwise, they exchange ideas, melodies and lyrics to tell new tales of mystery and re-imagination in a sparkling celebration of life, love and solidarity with its roots in history and its sights on the future.
Fanfara Tirana is surely one of the most entertaining brass band coming from the Balkans. They performed all over Europe, playing in the biggest festivals as Womad, Roskilde, Sziget, WOMEX, MEDIMEX and many others.
Now their new project is on the way.
Their latest album, released by Piranha, climbed higher and higher the World Music Charts Europe for months, but with their new studio work Fanfara Tirana has gone further on and delivered the whole album to the londoners manipulators, the brilliant minds of TransGlobal Underground, a band that built up their music from the idea of crossing borders, or better, following the philosophy that there are NO borders at all.
TGU are well known for being very keen at mixing musical styles and rythms taking no care at all about music genres or barriers created either by technology or common sense.
In the years they've been overexposed as well as niche market, although they kept being very influent. They made a rule out of “mash up”, mixing all kind of music and sounds, brave pathfinders, always a step ahead innovating the music scene.
The music composed by TransGlobal Underground can be seen as a kaleidoscopic trip through rituals, secrets with sudden, joyful swerves intheir tunes. Their aim is to enhance the deepest groove, looking for the red thread crossing different sensibilities and connecting their music to the multy-faceted universe of world music.
The result is a blast! Ideas travelling back from London to Tirana forced the albanian musicians to go back to the recording studio with a new vision, fresh ideas and many expectations.
Two very different bands got together, the contamination already took place, and the results could be the rise (being a bit pretentious) of a new music reality.
Southern albanian kaba meets reggae, drums meet electronic, the voice of the albanian folk idol M° Hysni Niko Zela meets Tuup's black soul.
Sitar strings embrace Iso-polyphony from the eagles nation and the results is astounding.
Fanfara Tirana & TransGlobal Underground decided to get together for a European Tour in 2013.
Why didn't that happen before?
It's a perfect match. Symbiotic.
The goals arrived soon. Best World Beat Album and Best Music Video for “No Guns ToThe Wedding” at IMA’s (Independent Music Award), over 100 reviews all over the globe with 4 and 5 stars out of 5. Nominations as best album in several magazines as Songlines, Long List Grammy Awards etc. Headliner at the biggest European festivals as Sziget, Ostrava, Dranouter, Pirineos Sur, Mundial. Tours from India to China passing through all EU countries and ready for US tour on 2016. It was also an WOMEX 2013 selection.
The project developed further into a new one, more compact and more flexible getting the name of the album, Kabatronics composed by 4 musicians per band and they are recording their new album to be released in spring 2016.
If you're up to dance two hours in a row look for their next live show, you won't regret it!
Fanfara Tirana is surely one of the most entertaining brass band coming from the Balkans.
Formed by a group of friends from the Albanian Army band who decided, in a light-hearted fashion, that it might be worthwhile to form such a band, just to see what might happen. They contacted veteran singer M° Hysni Zela and persuaded him to come out of retirement and join them, which is when the serious fun started. Taking the time-honoured tales of heroes and lovers that are the backbone of the Albanian tradition and infusing them with the pumping rhythms of the best Balkan brass styles, they have created something truly innovative yet totally representative. Already blazing new trails at home and now ready for export.
After playing at Europe bigest festivals as Roskilde, Sziget, WOMAD ... selected at WOMEX 2007, TOP 20 at World Music Charts Europe with their first album, TOP Of The World for Songlines Magazine 2007 and many other goals is time for a NEW ALBUM!, their new project, "KABATRONICS". Their latest album, released by Piranha, "Albanian Wedding - a brass explosion" climbed higher and higher the World Music Charts Europe for months, but with their new studio work Fanfara Tirana has gone further on and delivered the whole album to the londoners manipulators, the brilliant minds of TransGlobal Underground.
The result is a blast!
• FANFARA TIRANA meets MODENA CITY RAMBLERS - Bella Ciao tour 2016
• FANFARA TIRANA meets ANTONIO CASTRIGNANO - W Taranta - on request
Balkans meets Italian "Taranta" for an amazing show. First show at the Festival "La Notte della Taranta" on 2015
• FANFARA TIRANA feat CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO - MARE NOSTRUM - on request
Balkans meets Italian "Pizzica" for an amazing show. First show at the Festival "La Ghironda" on 2011
• FANFARA TIRANA & BANDITALIANA - A EST DEL LISCIO - on request
Il Liscio, the Italian ballroom dance revisited. First show at Ravenna Festival 2013
• FANFARA TIRANA & FRANK LONDON - BESA, an Albanian story of honor - 2015/2016
An Albanian would rather sacrifice his only son than break an honor (his besa).
Besa is a part of the Albanian Code of Honor, embedded throughout generations. It is usually translated faith, with a reflection on personal honor to keep a promise, at any cost. It is part of the Moral Code, "Il Kanun".
After the WWII in Albania where living more Jews than before the war. How it is possible?!
Discover this on the Musical Journey, Besa.