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Mahala Rai Banda

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Mahala Rai Banda
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Release: 16th October 2009

Cat. Nr.: CD-ATR 2509
Format:CD / 9 songs in Gypsy and Romanian language and 4 instrumentals
Total playing time 45:40
File under: Balkan / Gypsy / Romania
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Best Album 2009world music charts europeIn Romania, the most famous and the most gifted musicians live in two villages. In Clejani, just south-west of Bucharest, the violinists, cymbalists, double bass players and other accordion players notably formed the extraordinary Taraf de Haidouks. In Zece Prajini, north-east of the capital in Moldavia, you can find the greatest density of wind players per square meter, including the brass players of the famous Fanfare Ciocarlia. It is in these two villages, lost in the dust, the mud or the ice, according to the season, that you find the crème de la crème, the instrumentalists who are half-genius, half-rascal, capable of stirring up a wedding party with a single solo launched at supersonic speed.

Knowing this, how do you find THE great Gypsy group, a sort of Balkan equivalent of the Memphis Horns with the rhythm section from Muscle Shoals, these two being the gold standard of soul music, combining power and finesse, groove and virtuosity? It's easy, just bring together the musicians from Clejani and of Zece Prajini!

The story of Mahala Rai Banda begins at the end of the nineties with Aurel Ionita forming the group Rom Bengale in Bucharest. Their success had hardly begun - when this ensemble of young musicians was plagued and divided by addiction problems. Aurel then created the initial line-up of the Mahala Rai Banda - a name inspired by the Gypsy suburbs of the big Romanian cities - which released a CD on Crammed Discs in 2004.

Now the band is back with its mix of Romanian musical traditions, oriental pop, rumba Catalan, reggae and manele, the Roma pop with ambigious commercial success. Keeping the spirit of an orchestra playing exclusively live, Mahala Rai Banda, with the tremendous "Ghetto Blasters", has released a disc where the pure pleasure of playing and partying overflows. May your nights be long, very long indeed! (read more)


Ionita Aurel - violin / vocals, Ionita Florinel - accordion, Cantea Georgel - tuba, Bosnea Aurel - bariton horn, Trifan Andrei - tenor horn, Zahanagiu Marian - trombone, Cantea Cristinel - trumpet, Oprica Viorel - trumpet, Mihai Cristinel - saxophone, Dinu Marian - drums, Mihai Enache - darabukka, Manole Nicusor - vocals, Florentina Sandu - vocals


1. Tu Romnie / 2. Nu Mai Beau / 3. Zabrakadabra / 4. Avante Me Fante / 5. Zuki Zuki / 6. Balada
7. Solo Para Ti / 8. Hora Din Mahala / 9. Ding Deng Dong / 10. Balkan Reggae / 11. Na Janes
12. Kolo Baro / 13. Am Plecat De Jos

All titles published by Asphalt Tango Records except title 1 by Piranha Musik AG und title 3 by Dr. Sauter Musikverlag GmbH.

Total playing time 45:40


Recommended listening

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Nu Mai Beau Balada Zuki Zuki Free Download
Prelistening CD "Ghetto Blasters"


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For PR G/A/S: Ute Kirchmann ·
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For PR France: Metisse Music ·
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For PR UK: Florence Arpin ·
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For PR US: Garrett Baker ·
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This production was recorded, mixed by Henry Ernst and Marc Elsner & mastered by Marc Elsner Headroom Studio Berlin.