• Jamaica Jam

    6 April 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov, photos Todor Tsvetkov for Angel Kotsev studio

    We are talking with Erol from Wickeda in a particularly musical environment – Stroeja Club in Studentski grad, while around us speakers and amplifiers are shifted, people from Lora, Awake and P.I.F. are passing by and in the aparatment building nearby someone is playing the oboe. Our main topics are Erol’s solo project Guava Jelly, the gustatory qualities of Jamaican fruits and Wickeda’s European tour.
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  • In Bed With Ostava

    23 March 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    In fact we are in Ostava’s studio with Svilen alone – the other band members are not there. But we promise to gather them in the autumn, when they will issue an album. Not like now – only the best BG single for a long time, Sex in the Morning.
  • Back to the Roots

    16 March 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    The three boys on the picture are only the core of Root Souljah, our new favourite BG gang. After their first performance ever – on December 6th last year – they managed to produce a small album with 6 tracks. If it is not obvious, they sing about love, the good and the bad, the system and about all important things in general. These true rasta people turned our hearts red-hot.
  • He and She

    9 March 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    Santra is keeping us under steam since that track with Spens and the tiger, I don’t want to stand in your way, which was in her 2002 debut solo album. After a short break, last year came the next assault – this time with Kristo’s help – for two, hmm, pulse-quickening singles. Now Santra and Kristo are ready with a new club remix of Strength – Make Me Stronger, arranged by Maga and music by Bobo. And there is no force capable of keeping us away from the dance floor.
  • The Magical Violin

    23 February 2007

    text Daniela Benisheva

    Vesko Eshkenazi’s violin is not truly magic – he just plays on it with all his heart. He is young and talented, one of our greatest classical musicians famous beyond the borders of Bulgaria, and since 1999 he is first violinist of the Royal Konzertgebau Orchestra in Amsterdam. The news is, that maestro Eshkenazi is coming to Sofia to take part in a BNR Symphony Orchestra Concert. We were more than excited and called him in order to understand what is going on in classical music. Or, in short –to hear a genuine musician
  • I Swear!

    16 February 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov

    You've probably heard the news – the Switched On! project gathered a dozen British DJs and trusted them with remixing classic songs from modern Bulgarian music. The new versions of Chernata Ovtsa and Edna Bulgarska Roza would be performed exclusively on February 24 at 4km party centre with a host of DJS and legendary acts Revu and Nova Generazia performing. We learned that our favourite Bulgarian-British dame Mira Aroyo of Ladytron fame has remixed Sturcite's Kletva, so we quickly called her at her London appartment for details.
  • Underground House

    9 February 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova

    Well… John Digweed has just released his new compilation and is already coming to Bulgaria for a big party of the Viva Sound Factory series. It is organized by Metropolis, and the location is fantastic – second level of the Sofia City Centre underground parking lot. The party is on February 17th, so start warming up with Transitions Vol. 2 or dig out the first Renaissance, recorded together with Sasha and remember the beginning. Is it necessary to explain who the hell is John Digweed? He is simply big – in 2001 DJ?Magazine declared him #1, and today, despite his heavy schedule as a producer promoter and a DJ, is also a resident in London’s Heaven and Brighton’s The?Beach.
  • Music for the Masses

    2 February 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov, photos Mute/Animato

    As they themselves point out, Laibach isn't an ordinary band of humble pop musicians. This innovative Slovenian collective is an art institution in itself with its own virtual state (NSK), organizes exhibitions, lectures and seminares, although its main activity remains musical. Their latest ambitious project is entitled Volk and contains 14 national hymns in new symphonic, martial industrial arrangements. Mere days before their second performance in Sofia, Laibach's spoekesman Ivan Novak had this to say about some very important issues.
  • Napalm Burns

    26 January 2007

    by Nikola Shahpazov

  • Simply Divine

    5 January 2007

    text Daniela Benisheva, photos personal archive

    They call him the kaval player of the world. His style is unique, a mixture of folklore and jazz. He is considered one of the most talented musicians from Eastern Europe. And he always has something up his sleeve – a day before the New Year Music Festival’s closing Teodosii Spasov will present the premiere of his concert Into the Infinity.

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