Rakija is a unique Balkan band. But it´s also the name of the famous Balkan brandy. Both the band and the brandy will make you feel warm inside, and make even the stiffest Norwegian just bursting to dance!!
The band Rakija was formed in 2007 in Oslo, gradually becoming a musical collective with musicians from Serbia and Norway. They play traditional music from the Balkan region presented in fresh, modern arrangements, and incorporating elements from f.ex. rock and classical music. They also keep adding their own songs to the repertoire.
Rakija has become a live act well known for its energy, musicality and broad appeal. The band has already played at many different venues in Oslo and Norway, inspiring people to dance their shirts off at Balkan parties, while moving other people to tears with acoustic performances. The band continues to grow as a musical unity, attracting many different types of audience.
The band members:
Biljana Dragisic - vocals , percussion
Merete Fjeldbo - vocals
Irena Banjeglav - violin, backing vocals
Janko Radovanovic - guitar, backing vocals
Atle Tømmervok – trumpet
Are W. Thoma - bass
Halvor Dahle - drums, percussion
- One of three finalists in Debut 09, competition for Best new world music act in Norway
- World Beats Tour 2010, organized by Samspill International Music Network
- Mini tour in Switzerland May 2010
- Festivals: by:Larm 2010 (Oslo), Oslo World Festival, Transform (Trondheim), Balkanfest (Evanger), Musikkfest Oslo, Nordic Music Week (Stavanger)
SAID ABOUT RAKIJA:
”Rakija is the name of a Serbian brandy. But it’s also the name of the ensemble that this evening sang and played catchy, rhythmical Balkan folk songs, almost blowing off the roof of the church! Many people in the audience sang along, while some wiped tears from their eyes – moved by the impression the band gave with its powerful performance”.
Reviewer after concert in Røa church, 13. February 2008sist oppdatert: 12.05.13© Balkanfest Evanger