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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kontrabant 1997 Regrat U Salat

They sizzle at concerts and enthuse brimming concert audiences. At weddings they are the bride’s accomplice, and when playing to celebrate a divorce, they work like a hangover cure.

They gravitate towards ethno music, but vibrate in all varieties that give themselves up for smuggling. Kontrabant is the first trans-Slovenian music gang. The Kontrabant guys come from almost all parts of Slovenia, making their musical collage a mix of Pannonian and Mediterranean sounds, dancing songs from the Alps, classical and Balkan songs trimmed with dialects from their own homeland, and the languages of the Roma and nearby Hungary.

The merry sounds of Kontrabant invigorate the old, enchant the young, SPAMise the bad tempered and drive the party animals wild!

Kontrabant has for more than a decade been exploring the sounds of Slovenia: Gypsy, Pannonian, Balkan, Mediterranean ethno music influences, taking great delight in incorporating these with urban musical practices into the unmistakable smuggled collage that makes up the songs and melodies of Kontrabant. Already at the beginning of their musical travels the Kontrabant guys forged friendships with the Slovenian gypsies, which has had a strong influence on their music. But an even more significant influence on Kontrabant’s musical expression definitely has to be the variety of environments and musical experiences of the guys in the band, and that includes those that were still whippersnappers.

Kontrabant’s musical smuggling has an important mission to uphold in popularising the musical treasures from different environments and areas of human endeavour, with the intention of making listeners actively learn and understand others with different lives, cultures and perceptions of the world. Such a diverse collage of musical practices can one only rarely experience in one place! That’s Kontrabant’s concerts and the music on as many as four of their solo CDs.

Sadly, in recent years, extreme forms of nationalism have sprung up all over Europe. This has spurred on the band even more to develop its recognisable music making and original smuggler’s stories of also those minorities that have far too often become ostracised and threatened entities. With the help of the universal language of music, Kontrabant in an informal, very amusing way goes beyond those boundaries, smashes through negative stereotypes and opens up the horizons of those that would otherwise find it difficult to accept something foreign and unknown.

Respect and tolerance of others is an important, and for many a fairly unfamiliar notion in our social order. Kontrabant in its way promotes a better understanding among the people of this world.


01 - Regrat U Salat

02 - Antonio Varga

03 - Vecni Potepuh

04 - Pesem Za Marijo

05 - Moj Otrok

06 - Samo Zate

07 - Kaj Naj Storim

08 - Cigani Grejo

09 - Kralj Lahkih Zensk

10 - Zabjak

11 - Reef

12 - Kontrabant Je Bil




Enjoy the music!

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