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

Karim Baggili with Le Trio Joubran: Kali City (homerecords)

Karim Baggili with Le Trio Joubran: Kali City (homerecords)

This is very much a game of two halves for the self-taught guitarist Karim Baggili who is Belgian-born and of Jordanian background. And ironically it is the material with the superb... > Read more

LO'JO INTERVIEWED (2012): The maison where worlds collude

LO'JO INTERVIEWED (2012): The maison where worlds collude

For a medium-sized town in France, Angers – pronounced An-jey, population about 240,000 – boasts a fascinating ancient and recent history. It was once a Roman town, numerous kings... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Charles Lloyd: Lift Every Voice (2002)

Charles Lloyd: Lift Every Voice (2002)

It's a fair bet the average jazz musician earns considerably less than Lenny Kravitz, and probably works a darn sight harder.  Sales of jazz albums are modest – in the US 10,000 was... > Read more

Carol Bean: Crossing the Dirty River (carolbean.com)

Carol Bean: Crossing the Dirty River (carolbean.com)

This album by peripatetic British-born, LA-raised country-blues rocker singer-guitarist Bean -- now resident in NZ -- has been around the stereo for perhaps so long I forgot to post it. With a... > Read more