Balkan Brass Band

Balkan Brass Band

Infobox Music genre
name=Balkan Brass Band
stylistic_origins=A variety of influences
cultural_origins=19th century Balkan
instruments=Brass instruments
popularity=Continuous worldwide from 1990s
subgenrelist=Booty Balkan; Gypsytech
subgenres=Booty Balkan; Gypsytech

Balkan Brass Band is a distinctive style of music [] popular throughout the Balkans, especially Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria. The beats are usually fast, and the performers are usually Romani.


In the 19th century in imitation of the Turkish military bands which replaced the Mehterhane (Mehter) formations of Janissary Turks beginning in 1828. Apparently, as in Turkey, they dethroned the ancient traditional oboe (zurna, zurla, or mizmar) and double-membraned drum ensembles. Today these ensembles that had formerly been imported from Turkey and played by the Roms, are dying out.

Though it was a military instrument to wake and gather soldiers and announce battles, the trumpet took on the role of entertainment during downtime, as soldiers used it to transpose popular folk songs. When war ended and they returned to their hometowns, the music entered civilian life. Eventually, Gypsies mastered and adopted the tradition, adding more complicated rhythms and melodies and soon the music could be heard all over the Balkans.

Sub Genres:
In 2008 there was a new sub genre created called Booty Balkan / Gypsytech. Dj's like Schobbejak! play balkan brass music on a faster speed. Balkan at 160/170 bpm's sounds like balkan mixed with Booty Bass.


Every year in Guca, Serbia [ [ Guca 06.08 - 10.08.2008 Balkan Brass Bands Music Festival Das größte Fest der Trompeter auf dem Boban Markovic Dragacevski Sabor Trubaca ] ] , there is a five day festival of Balkan Brass Band music.

Balkan Brass Bands music in the movies

* "Time of the Gypsies" (Dom za vešanje), 1988, Emir Kusturica
* "Underground", 1995, Emir Kusturica
* "Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan", 2006

Notable Balkan Brass Bands

*Boban Marković
*Goran Bregović
*Orkestar Zirkonium
*Kocani Orkestar
*Fanfare Ciocărlia
*Zlatne Uste
*Slavic Soul Party!
*Fejat Sejdić


ee also


Balkan Depot, London based purveyor of Balkana

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Beirut (band) — Infobox musical artist Name = Beirut Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Albuquerque, New Mexico, nowrap|United States Genre = Indie Folk Pop World Years active = 2006–present Label = Ba Da Bing… …   Wikipedia

  • Hungry March Band — Infobox musical artist Name = The Hungry March Band Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = New York City Genre = Brass Band/Marching Band Years active = 1997 ndash;present Label = The Hungry March Band has… …   Wikipedia

  • Honk band — A honk band is any street band that might also be called a radical or political or activist marching band, usually consisting of brass, woodwinds, and percussion as well as many other acoustic instruments, which perform at progressive political… …   Wikipedia

  • Extra Action Marching Band — Infobox musical artist Name = Extra Action Marching Band Img capt = 2006 East Coast Tour Img size = Landscape = yes Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Oakland, CA Genre = Marching band, Punk rock Years active = 1998 Present Label =… …   Wikipedia

  • Beirut (Band) — Beirut Zach Condon (November 2007) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Detroit Party Marching Band — The Detroit Party Marching Band is a guerrilla band based in Detroit, Michigan. The band appears at events unexpectedly.[1] The band has played at events such as the Hamtramck Labor Day Parade, 2010 Detroit Free Press Marathon,[2] HONK!.[3] in… …   Wikipedia

  • Music of Serbia — Part of a series on the Culture of Serbia Arts …   Wikipedia

  • Music of Southeastern Europe — The music of Southeastern Europe or Balkan music is a type of music distinct from others in Europe. This is mainly because it was influenced by traditional music of Southeastern European ethnic groups and mutual music influences of these ethnic… …   Wikipedia

  • Kočani Orkestar — performing with Beirut Background information Origin Kočani, Macedonia …   Wikipedia

  • Rounder Records — Fondé en 1970 Fondateur Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin et Marian Leighton Levy. Statut Indépendant Maison de disques Concord Music Group …   Wikipédia en Français