"17 Hippies is a prolific outfit ... their polyglot style has evolved to take in
dozens of genres, and here they've chosen to mix an Eastern European odd-metered rhythm, played on bass and accordion, with a plaintive, gentle reading of the `Apache' melody on the clarinet. It's very simple, and effectively makes an old classic new again."


"17 Hippies sounds like someone used a warped blender to mix an accordion, ukulele, banjo, saw, clarinet, violin, trumpet, trombone, flute, a Jew's harp, an Indian tampura, an Irish bouzouki, an assortment of other string and wind instruments, a Zydeco band, Luminescent Orchestrii, and a circus sideshow from somewhere in Eastern Europe. In other words, their sound is quite bizarre and absolutely fantastic."

"17 Hippies are one of the most exiting bands that exist in Germany today. And if you miss them, it's your own fault."
Rolling Stone [Germany]

"17 Hippies are ridiculously underrated. They should be in the front rank of European world music artists."
Charlie Gillet, BBC London

"The musical idioms are ... disparate, yet the mix is never incoherent. 17 Hippies have learned how to fuse sundry musics into one."
Washington Post

"The renegade sound of 17 Hippies--captured on the new disc Heimlich-- is an engaging blend of pop sounds and traditional eastern European folk melodies."
Chicago Sun-Times

For the past 12 years, Berlin's very own "special orchestra" 17 Hippies has been playing a whirling, crashing, diving, bobbing, weaving mixture of music from around the world. Imagine a mix of Eastern melodies, Balkan rhythms, French chanson, Anglo songwriting, and Cajun tunes, all perfectly blended together to create a unique pop style.

Starting in Spring 1995 as a trio playing mainly instrumental music, the band mutated into an ensemble--now numbering 13 musicians--that displays a vast range of musical creativity, ranging from their French radio hit "Marlène"" to the soundtrack for Andreas Dresen's award-winning film Halbe Treppe(Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival).

With their new CD Heimlich, 17 Hippies have set a milestone. On this intoxicating album, most of the tunes are vocal--sung in German, French, and English. From a wild dance inspired by a Romanian melody to a Zydecogoes- Bollywood tune, 17 Hippies have created another masterpiece.

01. Schattenmann
02. Son Myst
03. Wann War Das
04. Deine Trn
05. Teschko
06. Tick Tack
07. The Moving Song
08. Apache
09. Heimlich
10. Just Like You
11. Madame
12. Rustemul
13. Wann Denn Dann Wann Dann (Prolog)
14. Le Son Mystere
15. Papadam
16. Jacques Balzac
17. Wann Denn Dann Wann Dann


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Alongside the spectacular style of the virtuoso gypsy violinist there also exists a style of music that the Rom perform only within the family circle or encampment. Here the human voice reigns supreme, stirring up violent emotions that range from poignant malaise to unbounded joy.

A specialsed, but excelent survey of authentic Gypsy songs from six towns and villages in central and eastern Hungary - vocals, in Hungarian and Romani, with accompanying spoons and strucks pots and tables. Gypsy music for Gypsies.

Baj van baj van babám... * Jaj de luludja... * Babi lovam kopogása
02. Ne báncsatok... (Gajdolás)
03. Kedves bábam... * Taj kirola
04. SZOLNOK: Ke soha te na meren, * Ke lóli phábály...
05. Ke le luludja barol... * Gajdolás
06. TISZAKARÁD: Én istenem... * Gajdolás
07. De farotokat... * Kerék az...
08. Ma lesz kedvem... * Phengyom tukha...
09. Szállogat a pályva madár...
10. NAGYKÁLLÓ: Laso djes te del o del... * Pergetés
11. Aj ke sostar mange, * Oj O curara...
12. Felszállott a páva
13. HODÁSZ: Rudas csillag hajnal hasad
14. Ando kukurizo...
15. ÖCSÖD: Babám, babám, de babám...
16. Avel o postasi, * Szájbőgőzés * Gajdolás
17. Esik az eső * Gajdolás


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Virtuosos of throat singing AltaiKai from Altai Republic (Russia)
(Kai is the name of throat singing in Altai.)

Musicians of the AltaiKai ensemble are virtuosos of Altai throat singing – kai. They skilfully sing all styles and variety of kai and play traditional musical instruments of Altai people. Velvety, low sounds of karkyraa, fascinating hoomey and melodious sygyt – sybysky, lively imitations of nature sounds (birds singing, purling of brook, animals voices) - also delicacy women’s singing and woman’s throat singing, melodies of khomus (jew’s harp), topshuur and accordion – all of that is AltaiKai. Traditional Altai songs about Motherland and its beauty, about bogatyrs and their past Power, about Altai people combined with joking tunes, dances and shaman mysteries. Narrators kaichy sing traditional, sacred in Altai heroic legends and eposes. All of that is AltaiKai.

01. Song About Kai
02. Warriors Words
03. Spring Water
04. Summer
05. My Land
06. My People
07. Three Peaks
08. Khan Altai
09. Play, Play Khomus
10. My Altai
11. Shamans Blessing
12. Oyim, Oy-Oyim
13. Shunu Warrior
14. I am an Altaian
15. Ancient Kai Song and Tunur Drum
16. Play, Play Altai
17. Joes Song

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