Friday, May 21, 2004
Boban Markovic Orkestar: Boban I Marko -- Balkan Brass Fest - PopMatters Music Review
Boban Markovic Orkestar: Boban I Marko -- Balkan Brass Fest - PopMatters Music Review: "There are many great Balkan brass bands such as Kocani Orkestar and Jova Stojiljkovic 'Besir' and His Brass Orkestar, but shining high above them all is the Boban Markovic Orkestar. Indeed, they are stellar artists and have won first place for 'best brass band' and 'best trumpet' at the Guca festival in central Serbia so many times that they do not even compete anymore. Listen to their recording Live in Belgrade on Piranha Musik and you will hear why. Listen! Hah! I dare you to try to sit still and listen. Whether you know how to cocek, U'sest, and ruchenitsa or not, you will be up dancing away. They play 'Hava Naguila' like you have never heard before. Theirs is the definitive version of 'Mesecina', too -- that infamous song that the crowds derisively sang over and over during the downfall of Slobadan Milosevic. They are probably best known, though, for being the brass band in the rather surreal Emil Kusturica film Underground. "