Artists

All eyes on our Balkan Music Export artists! True, unadulterated talent,  the untapped potential of the Balkans, ready for international stages – listen to these amazing bands and artists that were selected for the MOST Music programme! Let them show you that Balkan music is more than tricky odd signatures and heavy brass sounds – Balkan music is diverse and creative, refreshingly earnest, and most of all – surprising!

Round 2

Agona Shporta

KOSOVO*
Between the Balkans and Middle East, American songbooks and India, Agona's music blends a rich and diverse mixture of sounds and cultures through an original voice and interpretation. Each of the pieces are journeys of their own, coming together in a harmonious and enchanting unity.

Corina Sîrghi și Taraful Jean Americanu

Romania
The acoustic taraf of Corina Sîrghi evokes the smoky parlours of interwar Bucharest and the extravagant mahala block parties of the 1990s with a sound that will tame even the most troubled of hearts.

Dina e Mel

Croatia
Dina e Mel is a duo who researches and performs minority music, creating new music out of the small fragments that survived long and turbulent history of the Balkans. The result is an album that erases the current borders of the Eastern Balkans and melts together elements of music in unexpected ways.

E.U.E.R.P.I.

Bulgaria
E.U.E.R.P.I. is the guitar drone ambient project of Mirian Kolev, who lives and composes in the Balkan Mountains, in Bulgaria. His music is minimalistic, meditative and discreetly psychedelic.

Flying Nomads

Bulgaria
The Flying Nomads duo creates fusion music, combining traditional ethno and modern styles. Their belief is that if a song is made by the soul, it is possible to reach the soul of the listener, and this is incorporated in their work.

GRAIU

Romania
Showcasing the versatility of the Balkans, GRAIU plays a fusion of Vlach and Afro-American traditional music. GRAIU is the Romanian word for vernacular language and music – the most local dialect that one is born and grows up with.

Kalata

North Macedonia
This North Macedonian world and neofolk band from Skopje draws a parallel between Eastern and Western culture, with the accent of the traditional Macedonian music.

Lenhart Tapes

Serbia
Manipulated field recordings, spoken word and sound propaganda, ethno music and other forms of cassette tape art and rhythmic loops, with performances by master folk vocalists such as Svetlana Spajić, Tijana Stanković and Mirjana Raić – this is Lenhart Tapes.

Linda Rukaj

Albania
Albanian folk music with a touch of jazz harmonies and a little bit of fragrance from the Parisian breeze of elegance – this is Linda Rukaj, vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist.

Perija

North Macedonia
Acoustic dark folk from North Macedonia – Perija creates one big Balkan fusion of languages, dialects and music influences, with modern and historical themes.

Shkodra Elektronike

Albania
The music of the Albanian duo is an electronic reinterpretation of the traditional music of their hometown - Shkoder. Shkodra Elektronike is based in Italy.

VLADIMIR

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Vladimir, named after Sephardic singer Vladimir Mićković, is a five-member ensemble. Their musical journey from Andalusia to the Balkans. They perform songs in Ladino, sung by generations from Dubrovnik, through Sarajevo, to Thessaloniki.

Round 1

Almir Meskovic & Daniel Lazar Duo

Bosnia & Serbia
Norwegian folk mixes well with Balkan klezmer, and much else – at least it does in this unique duo of violin and accordion, of Almir Meskovic and Daniel Lazar.

Balkan Taksim

Romania
What happens when you mix low-fi electronica with psychedelic folk? Throw in a couple of grandpa’s sweaters for style and you get Balkan Taksim.

Divanhana

Bosnia
Sevdah, this heartbreakingly beautiful and complex Balkan genre is reborn in jazz, pop, and contemporary classical in Divanhana’s tasteful performances.

Gipsy Groove

Kosovo*
Gipsy Groove fuses ethnicities, cultures, they radiate energy and charisma – hard to forget, impossible not to dance to.

Lakiko

Bosnia
Cellist extraordinaire Lakiko is an exciting and experimental artist going against all Balkan stereotypes while still being unapologetically local and authentic.

NAiRUZ

Bosnia and Herzegovina
A fusion of flamenco and sufi music, Nairuz unites corners and cultures of the world geographically far from each other with elegance and poise.

Naked

Serbia
Built from the complicated history of ex-Yugoslavia, Naked plays happy music about sorrow – music with unwavering honesty, with a nakedness of both heart and soul.

Oratnitza

Bulgaria
“Ethnobass” performed in an extraordinary manner – in front of Space Invaders, for example – is the essense of the Bulgarian Oratnitza.

Rođenice

Serbia
Rođenice takes a feminine dive into the freedom of identity in modern times – a deeply coded message and their virtuous performance distinguish them from just-another-traditional-music albums.

Shira u’tfila

Serbia
Shira u’tfila means song and prayer – they are a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional ensemble that draws its inspiration from the diversity and richness of Judeo-Spanish, Ottoman-Turkish, Arabic and Balkan musical traditions.

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