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Gypsy Fever 5!

Gypsy Fever 5!

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  • Sat 13 Dec ’08, 9:00pm – 2:00am


Kings Arms, 59 France St, Newton Show map

Ticket Information:

  • Presale: $15.00

Gypsy Fever returns to the Kings Arms for the fifth instalment of Auckland’s favourite world music dance event on Saturday 13 December.

Be prepared for some dazzling musicianship and on stage antics from Club Manouche, The Mamaku Project and the Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band with Gypsy Fever resident DJs Balkanetic and Rasa. As always it promises to be a night of intoxicating Eastern European and gypsy-flavoured grooves that will have you throwing your arms in the air and dancing as if your feet were on fire.

Presales from Real Groovy or www.undertheradar.co.nz. Door sales from 8.30pm.

The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band
Hailing from the slums and ghettos of Auckland (the Prague of the South), The Benka Boradovsky Bordello band is a highly theatrical musical group specialising in music of Eastern European, Gypsy and Jewish flavour, along with some Western European influences. With music ranging from old to new, originals to standards, vocal to instrumental; they are remarkable in their ability to get everyone up and dancing, regardless of age, musical taste, or level of drunkenness. Benka's globetrotting voice sings in a wide variety of languages, with lyrics in Russian, Greek, Serbian, Romani, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, English and more. If references are necessary, they sound like Tom Waits, Shane McGowan and Franz Kafka drunk too much vodka and thought they were in 1950's Yugoslavia.

The Mamaku Project
The Mamaku Project weaves French bohemian roots, Pacifica Dub and scents of the Middle East into a fine Jazz-Dub concoction. Created in the breathtaking wilderness of West-coast Aotearoa, this one-of-a-kind multi-lingual poetry rides infectious earthy grooves sprinkled with circus gypsy flavours. Having just completed their highly anticipated second album and performing in Europe, Mamaku are back in NZ for a busy summer schedule.

Club Manouche
Manouche is one of many French words for the Roma/Gypsy people. Club Manouche came together in Auckland, Nouvelle Zealand to play ‘manouche’ style gypsy swing with two guitars and a bass. Gypsy Jazz (also known as ‘Gypsy Swing’) is an idiom sometimes said to have been started by guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. Because its origins are largely in France it is often called by the French name, ‘Jazz manouche,’ or alternatively, ‘manouche jazz.’ Club Manouche do play a few Rheinhardt tunes but the core of their music is comprised of Valses, an important component in the Gypsy jazz repertoire, Peruvian Tunes, French Chansons, re-interpretations of classics and their own original compositions.

DJ Balkanetic
As well as organising Gypsy Fever, DJ Balkanetic is well known for shaking dance-floors at festivals, clubs and parties around New Zealand for the last couple of years with a highly uplifting infectious blend of Balkan beats, klezmer and gypsy music.

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