– A Caravan Ride under Distant Skies
of Sahara’s second album, “Balk ’n’ Roll,” will
take you away.
Out now on Sweden’s hottest label, Heptown.
On their new album, “Balk ’n’ Roll,” Copenhagen’s freshest ethno-non-centric combo, Swing of Sahara, serves up a sizzling smorgasbord of tasty tunes blasting from a late-night joint on the corner of the Balkans and the barrio.
‘n’ Roll” was recorded in the dust of the road and the musk
of the studio.
The line between genius and madness is a fine one, to be sure – listen, as the band bends and blurs and bludgeons it to bits.
Robert Göthe runs the Swedish record label Heptown Records. In spring 2002, he was walking down Istedgade in Copenhagen when he found himself among a crowd of revelers getting down to a Swing of Sahara set at an Enghave Plads café.
Unable to resist the band’s swing-for-the-fences attitude, Robert offered them a record deal on the spot. The first Swing of Sahara album, “Nothing Toulouse,” hit the streets in 2003.
of Sahara was formed in the mid-1990s when Andreas Ugorskij and Peter Dobronyi
got together to play Gypsy jazz classics. As new band members have joined
in, other musical styles have been absorbed, including punk, surf, Latin and
Balkan, sending them bursting out of the caravanserai. Over the years, the
band has played more than 200 concerts. “Balk ’n’ Roll”
abundantly demonstrates their impressive musical range.
Andreas Ugorskij – guitars
Peter Dobronyi – guitar, accordion and crooning
Ole Algreen Reimer – trumpet and flugelhorn
Jesper Lund – contrabass balalaika
Sigurd Djurhuus – drums, percussion and assorted trash