Boban i Marko Markovic to release Best Of Album "Golden Horns"

Boban i Marko Markovic - 'Golden Horns - The Best of Boban i Marko Markovic'

"fifteen boisterous dancefloor tracks"

Legendary Gypsy trumpeters and Balkan Brass Kings Boban and Marko Markovic are set to release a 'best of' album entitled "Golden Horns" in June 2012.   The fifteen boisterous dancefloor tracks have been selected by DJ Robert Soko (inventor of the international BalkanBeats party movement) and include a previously unreleased bonus remix of "Go Marko Go" and "Od Srca" as featured on the soundtrack of Angelina Jolie's film "In the Land of Blood and Honey".

The album is published by Piranha Musik and will be released on 11 June 2012 on CD, Digital and LP formats (UK distributors: Republic of Music / !K7)

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"authentic, yet utterly fresh"

Boban Markovic and his son, prized protégé Marko, have managed the nigh-impossible: leaping from a deeply rooted Roma (Gypsy) scene in Serbia, they have ignited hip club dancefloors, innovating effortlessly and integrating everything from jazz to disco in brilliant, organic ways. They sound authentic, yet utterly fresh. Combining the absolute flexibility of Miles Davis and the cool funk of Herb Alpert, the Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar has found the funkiest expression of their Southern Serbian Roma roots.

"... kick a**. They get people dancing like crazy."


"Golden Horns" offers the perfect summary of the Markovics' stunning career, with tracks that reflect their dancefloor-friendly best. "As a DJ, I've had nearly twenty years to see the reaction Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar get from the crowd," explains album compiler and Berlin-based, Bosnian-born Balkan beatologist, DJ Robert Soko (BalkanBeats). "Tracks like "Khelipe e cheasa," "Od Srca" and "Mundo Chochek" simply kick a**. They get people dancing like crazy."

Now fans and new listeners can join the party with classic cuts, from the hard-hitting, almost Latin-inflected "Sljivovica" to an aching live version of "Ederlezi," a deeply moving song beloved from Balkan bars to the silver screen (thanks to Emir Kustarica, who featured Boban in his groundbreaking film 'Underground'). The greatest-hits collection features two swinging remixes, "Go Marko Go" by Soko and "Cinnamon Girl" by {dunkelbunt}, adding another layer to the already rich sonic heritage of the Markovics.

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Markovic the elder, from the small town of Vladicin Han, burst onto the European music scene and became the spark that lit thousands of fires. After stunning performances on stage and on film, he became the inspiration for a vibrant scene that stretched around the world: DJs, musicians, and fans who became delightfully addicted to the intricate yet grooving sounds of Balkan brass.

Far from resting on his laurels, Boban has built on his decades of experience by harnessing his 24-year old son Marko's youthful vibe - an energy sustained by marathon practice sessions and a lifetime spent with dad on stage. As a kid, Marko put in ten hours a day at home with his horn, a practice that drove Boban so crazy he finally insisted his son stand and deliver with the Orkestar. The determined, then fourteen-year-old Marko played so perfectly, he soon became a fixture in the group.

But Marko has done more than merely play along. Together, Boban and Marko Markovic are expanding the idioms of gypsy brass: Marko can rap with spot-on precision, and the Orkestar can hint at disco, salsa, or the wilder edges of jazz. All while keeping true to tradition: the lightning-fast melodies, driving rhythms, and exuberant transcendence of the greatest Balkan brass bands.

From the pulsing, lithe "Sina Nari" to the band's wonderfully celebratory rendition of "Hava Nagila", Golden Horns shows why Boban, Marko, and company have managed to make Balkan brass a whole new, hip genre from Vienna to Brooklyn, while still remaining true to the centuries-old sounds of generations of Romani musicians.

"They are an authentic Serbian brass band who reinterpret traditional pieces and play their own compositions in a listenable, danceable manner. They are just so good at conveying the beauty of Southeast European music, and making it palatable for Western audiences," Soko reflects. "At the same time, they are constantly experimenting with other musical genres―jazz, soul, classical, or even disco―melting various elements together and producing a new sound of their own."


***DJ Robert Soko will be DJing at BalkanBeats London this Friday, 27 April, at The New Empowering Church (and also on 16 June).
Robert Soko & Dr. Malaka present: BalkanBeats London - Nema Problema Party
at The New Empowering Church, 1a Westgate Street (off Mare Street), Hackney, London E8 3RL

The hottest celebration of this spring in a proper BalkanBeats Fashion, featuring:
▶▶Nema Problema
Guca Style Italian Marching Band,
▶▶ Robert Soko DJ set
The founder of the BalkanBeats parties (Bosnia - Germany) |
▶▶ Dr. Malaka
The Crazy Driver of BBL (IT - UK)
Plus Special Guests and delightful surprises like Rakija, Organic Cider and more...
Tickets: £7 (Pre-sale Early Bird tickets) / £10 (For the not-so-early Birds),

Next BalkanBeats London: Saturday, 16 June 2012 at the New Empowering Church.