Posts Tagged ‘klezmer’

World Music Network announces their latest Battle of the Bands winner

Posted on March 29th, 2017 in Recent posts by .



The Battle of the Bands, run by World Music Network, is a competition for up-and-coming, unsigned world music artists. A new winner is chosen every two months, and this month seven-piece klezmer band Oysland have taken the top spot.

The London-based group embody the new generation of Yiddish roots music, taking listeners on a journey through the traditional music of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and beyond, adding their own individual and foot-stomping flair. They feature regularly on the London Klezmer and Balkan scenes and are a favourite at weddings, bar mitzvahs and other celebrations.

Listen to their winning song, ‘Ederlezi Avela’, here.

Check them out on April 29 at Jamboree, Cable St Studios or May 29 at Ritzy, Brixton.


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Top of the World: She’Koyokh – Wild Goats & Unmarried Women

Posted on May 22nd, 2014 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Garth Cartwright

TUG1080London klezmer band get it right in the studio

She’Koyokh have carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s brightest world music bands. These young Londoners effortlessly blend vernacular music from Turkey, the Balkans and Eastern Europe to create a very exciting whole. Klezmer is at the root of She’Koyokh’s sound and ‘Der Filosof/Flatbush Waltz’ is a lovely slice of soulful klezmer sung by tuba player Paul Tkachenko. But rather than endlessly play variations on klezmer tunes, they have expanded their sound into a rich tapestry. In concert, She’Koyokh are never less than brilliant yet their previous studio albums have often felt a little stiff, as if the band freeze up without an audience. Wild Goats & Unmarried Women finds them raising their game, sounding more organic, unhurried, looser and more dynamic.

As ever, the interplay between these eight musicians is superb – clarinettist Susi Evans, guitarist Matt Bacon and violinist Meg-Rosaleen Hamilton weave intricate, complex melodies over an impressive rhythm section, while vocalist Çiğdem Aslan (whose debut album Mortissa was one of Songlines’ picks of 2013) sings with mournful beauty on tunes such as ‘Moj Dilbere’ and ‘Teke Zortlatmasi’. The only improvement I can imagine to the band’s sound would involve them further exploring the more psychedelic, trance-like elements of their music – Balkan raga rock drones. But Wild Goats… remains a hugely enjoyable listen.

Track to Try: ‘Moj Dilbere’

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