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Blue Eyed Black Boy (Dig)

Balkan Beat BoxAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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“The dance party of the new millennium.”—Paste

“An instant success…defying stereotypes and political borders.”—NPR

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NatGeo
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Move It
3. Blue Eyed Black Boy
4. Marcha de la Vida
5. Dancing With The Moon
6. Kabulectro
7. My Baby
8. Balcumbia
9. Look Them Act
10. Smatron
11. Lijepa Mare
12. Why
13. Buhala
14. War Again

Editorial Reviews

With their roots firmly planted all around the Mediterranean rim and their solid rock and reggae foundations, this New York-based band are the new sensation.

Their name, their personal history and the enthusiastic media & audience reactions suggest a link with the so-called Gypsy Rock movement, but their scope is reaching way beyond that: Balkan Beat Box really transcend categories (pop, electronic dance music, world, rock) by creating a new breed of 21st century music, deeply connected to their folk upbringing yet forward-thinking, which appeals to audiences across the geographical and stylistic borders.

This very strong new album weaves elements of ragga and hip hop with Balkanoid horns, Arab & Bulgarian guest singers, Greek guitars and more... Hence Nu Med (for "New Mediterranean"), a title which can be understood both as a musical and a cultural/political statement.

Balkan Beat Box are an awesome live band, their energetic live shows have become legendary. They've been making crowds go wild at major festivals such as Bonaroo, Roskilde, Paleo etc, and will be touring again around the world throughout the year.

Balkan Beat Box is centered around its two founders: saxophone player Ori Kaplan and drummer/programmer/producer Tamir Muskat. After having been active for over a decade in some of NYC's premier underground bands (including Gogol Bordello, Firewater, Big Lazy, Shotnez), they joined forces with charismatic MC Tomer Yosef and brought together their combined experiences and ideas to create the powerhouse called Balkan Beat Box.

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more mature and great November 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When i first discovered BBB not long after the first cd I was really happy. I had been listening to Electric Gypsyland series and also the bucovina club 2 cd's but this was not a compilation cd, it was someone actually playing this music as their style. Their second cd, Nu med was a little disappointing and relied too heavily on electronics (only 3 stars). Blue Eyed Black boy has changed the style again but its a better mix and the song writing more mature with deeper (and left wing political) lyrics. My favourite song so far this year (and its November 2011) is Dancing With The Moon. This song just rocks. My kids - 2 girls under 10 repeatedly ask to hear MY BABY, another great song and WAR AGAIN even has a film clip on You tube with a great horn section that you can jump around to.

I think all BBB is worth having if you like this Gypsy funk fusion style of music. This is a 5 star cd for me. I hope these guys will tour Australia... :). I also recommend Shantel, Gogol Bodello and Figli di Madre Ignota.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing May 25, 2010
By Lisa V.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't stop listening to this CD. Absolutely amazing. The best yet from BBB. SEE THEM IN CONCERT! One of the best live-bands on the planet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasantly surprised! September 23, 2010
By blain
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Only heard one song (Dancing With The Moon) prior to buying this album. I would say that Dancing With The Moon was definitely one of the high points of the album, but overall I was pleasantly surprised by this album. Great mix of songs with different influences and cultures. Some songs are more electronic, some more ska-like, some more Caribbean, etc...

Great to see some ex-Gogol Bordello members branching out with some good stuff. I can't wait for some more!

High Points:
#1 Dancing With The Moon
#2 My Baby
#3 War Again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album I've purchased in years! August 12, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Amazing beats, great lyrics, a tapestry of sound. The whole record makes me want to 'move it' these are truly talented musicians, sharing their global perspective to pop music.
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