Niko Ne Zna: Niko Ne Zna EP (Monkey)

 |   |  <1 min read

Niko Ne Zna: Mere
Niko Ne Zna: Niko Ne Zna EP (Monkey)

The interest in good time "gypsy" music continues after the success of the Benka Borodovsky Bordello Band (with whose style I had some problem).

This outfit from Wellington -- sax, trumpet, trombone, sousaphone, accordion and percussion -- work similar oompa/mad dancing/immediately familiar folk-framed tunes and by not having a vocalist this is straight to the dancefloor with no distractions of the kind I mentioned re BBB.

I note a comment at www.wellingtonlivemusic.com  says "you can free yourself with these infectious and wild beats" and that seems perfectly apt. Questions of authenticity are perhaps not relevant here, but do have very good jazzy influence which carries them a fair way.

This very enjoyable five song EP is a sampler of their style and will doubtless be snapped up as a memento on their tours. 

Share It

Your Comments

John - Feb 9, 2010

I love this band! I saw them play in Port Charlmers and they were amazing! Can't wait to see them again!

Viva La Balkan Brass!

rob stowell - Mar 16, 2010

Love that track- go the sousaphone! All that brass can sound heavy but these folk give it a lilt- a kick-step. Gonna check out some more...

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

ETRAN FINATAWA INTERVIEWED (2006): From sands to stadiums

ETRAN FINATAWA INTERVIEWED (2006): From sands to stadiums

Etran Finatawa have band members from two nomadic groups from around Niger, and play music which sounds like the raw electric blues from Chicago in the Fifties and Sixties. Their electrifying music... > Read more

Jah Wobble and the Nippon Dub Ensemble (30 Hertz/Southbound)

Jah Wobble and the Nippon Dub Ensemble (30 Hertz/Southbound)

Because Japanese folk tends to be elegantly austere and melodically understated you could think there's not a lot to flute, koto and percussion that could be done by way of dub. But that would... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

BUDDY GUY INTERVIEWED (1992): Damn right he's famous

BUDDY GUY INTERVIEWED (1992): Damn right he's famous

Buddy Guy is talking about his club Legends in his home town of Chicago. Every Sunday and Monday it is open for all-comers, just sign at the door, get up there and play your blues. Since Guy... > Read more

DUKE ROBILLARD INTERVIEWED (2004): Still in that room full of blues

DUKE ROBILLARD INTERVIEWED (2004): Still in that room full of blues

When you think of Rhode Island, you don't immediately think of it as a crucible of the blues. It's the state north of New York so small you could carpet it, the home of the red chicken - Rhode... > Read more