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Niko Ne Zna - Nelson Album Release

Niko Ne Zna - Nelson Album Release

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  • Fri 15 Sep ’17, 9:30pm


East Street Cafe & Bar, 8 Church Street, Nelson



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  • General Admission: $12.30


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It's party time people! Niko Ne Zna are NZ's Balkan Brass Extravaganza and have released their long awaited 2nd album!

The Wellington based Balkan flavoured world music band Niko Ne Zna, who have recently played to sold out audiences in Australia and who sprung to International notoriety with three featured tracks in the film What We Do In The Shadows, are very excited to announce their Nelson 'Babushka's Balkan Banquet' Album Release release gig at East Street Bar on the 15th of September.

The album is entitled 'Babushka's Balkan Banquet as many of the song titles are food-related. Frankie Curac, the founding member, and bandleader for Niko Ne Zna, is a first generation New Zealander of Croatian and Ukrainian parentage. Frankie grew up eating Eastern European cuisine and he swears that his grandmother Larissa makes the best Borsch soup in the Southern Hemisphere! It's so good that Frankie was inspired to write a high-energy party song called Babushka's Borsch which directly translates from Russian to “Grandma's Borsch Soup”, which is the first single released from the band’s second studio album. The album was recorded at Blue Barn Studios by James Goldsmith, Mixed by Dr. Lee Prebble at The Surgery and Mastered by Mike Gibson at Munki Studios.

“Eating this soup is like a spiritual experience! It's titillating and mysterious dark red coloration. It's alluring aroma. It is the food equivalent of the body and mind tingling nirvana experienced dancing at a Niko Ne Zna show. A feast for all the senses.”- Frankie Curac

Don’t miss out on this dance inducing, good time band as they take the party on the road in NZ. Come and celebrate their album release.

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“It’s easy to forget where you are when you listen to these hypnotic melodies. It’s like being dropped amongst the hot and spicy lands of a country far away - to a place where you can free yourself with these infectious and wild beats that take their influence from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States.” wellingtonlivemusic.com

“Niko Ne Zna serve up authentic and twisted gypsy goodness on this eponymous EP. Complete with sax, sousaphone, trumpets, trombones, percussion, and drums, this is a band that came to party. Balkan time signatures, funky brass bass lines, exotic melodies, it's all good.” NZ Musician Magazine

“The group's jaunty carnival-style sound translates surprisingly well to disc, with trombone, sousaphone, sax, and trumpet all vying for attention as the songs spiral riotously outward from a core riff before being reined back in again.” Otago Daily Times

“Driving rhythms an intoxicating effect” Taranaki Daily News

“Gypsy good times…” Rip It Up Magazine

“ … this is straight to the dancefloor” Elsewhere


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