March, 25 2018
Music has the ability to bring people together from all countries, and this is especially evident in the Balkans where people from all over the world gather to sing and dance to Balkan beats. I think the reason why Balkan underground music is so popular is because it is a funky combination of expressive lyrics and interesting rhythms, with a modern electronic beat.
I remember attending the Balkan underground music scene back in the early '90s. Local people and tourists would gather to play tunes and sing together. It was such a fun time. It was definitely the "golden age" of the underground music scene because, regardless of where we came from, we all felt a connection through the music.
Kusturica's influential film "Underground" introduced Balkan brass and Gypsy music to the world and the trend spread to clubs in Western Europe. Now, the Balkan underground music scene had arrived in Berlin, Paris, London, Lisbon, Madrid, Vienna,and Rome, and the music enthusiasts loved it. This genre of music was no longer confined to the Balkans -- it was starting to spread across the world.
The music that the young Balkan generation produces today is a diverse mix of music. It includes electro, harsh noise, metal, punk and post-punk. Many of the new artists are influenced by the popular art magazine "LIBRARION," which frequently releases new tracks along with a new issue. The tracks are fun and funky and resonate with the youth.
Southern Soul Festival -- Set on a beautiful beach in Ulcinj, Montenegro, this long-awaited festival features underground names and a diverse selection of soul, funk, jazz and disco. This four-day event will begin at the end of June.
Exit Festival -- This Serbian music festival has been going strong since 2000. There are more than 20 stages and some of the music industry's biggest names will be performing there. It starts on July 12, 2018, and finishes on July 15, 2018.
Positivus Festival -- As the name suggests, this Latvian festival is full of positive music. It started in 2007 and has become one of Europe's popular music festivals. It is personally one of my favorites because you get a great experience and leave there feeling energized. It starts on July 20, 2018.
Guca festival, www.guca-festival.com
Ivo Papasov - Balkanology, Boban Markovic - The Promise, Fanfares en delire - Golden Brass Summit, Goran Bregovic - Ederlezi, Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra - Live is a miracle in Buenos Aires, Kcani Orkestra - Gypsy Mambo, Shantel - Bucovina Club, Balkan Beat Box - Nu Med.