Saint Albans, NY
11:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
They started as a busking band in South Germany and soon shared stages with artists like Shantel, Emir Kusturica and other greats of the Balkan-Beat movement. Since that time the quintet Al Jawala achieved a great reputation all over Europe as an awesome live band. They combine traditional Balkan tunes with urban club-culture and share it out to their audience with electrifying energy!Al Jawala´s unique mash-up sounds are transcending all folklore clichés and generously ignore any limitations of genre and purity! Eastern Brass meets roots percussions, Bellydance goes Rock ´n´ Roll and their didgeridoo sounds like an AcidTrance machine! Al Jawala are filling the dancefloors and thereby keep a rich diversity and great musical depth!The typical virtuoso Balkan horns section of two saxophones is the foundation of Al Jawala´s sound.They spur up musicians and audience, setting on fire clubs and festivals up and down the country!Eastern roots get widened with dance-beats, synth-bass, but also Ska and Reggae elements.You quickly recognize the broad spectrum of the band when Al Jawala in their intro enter the crowd as a walking act, carrying portable amps and then climb up the stage to tap their full musical potential.Al Jawala is a musical culture shock! A listener in Bucharest described their music as "German Quality, Balkan Soul"Sure enough Al Jawala´s roots are much closer to Black Forest than to the Balkans and they grew up in the 90´s with Beastie Boys, Nirvana and Electro parties instead of traditional Brass bands like Boban Markovic.But today they even re-import their very own version of Balkan-Beats back to their home countries, causing a lot of amazement. Traditional styles are turned upside down, become something new but always being aware of their original greatness!