Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Anciently Modern: Balkan Beat Box and "Adir Adirim"

Happy Christmas Eve! Today's random tune is by Balkan Beat Box, founded in 2003 by Tamir Muskat and Ori Kaplan in New York City. An Israeli band, their goal is to take ancient and traditional music and combine it with hip hop to create a more modern sound that would appeal to people in dancehalls and clubs. They cite as influences Boban Marković, Rachid Taha, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Manu Chao, and Charlie Parker. This song, Adir Adirim featuring experimental Israeli vocalist Victoria Hanna, is from their 2005 eponymous debut release. Listen for the "alleluia's" in the song!