The undisputed King of the vodka-fuelled Gypsy Beat, Shantel, returns to Koko for an exclusive UK show with a party to remember on his 13 Years of Anarchy and Romance Tour 2011.
With a background as a respected electronic dance producer for hip label K7, Shantel started playing clubs, parties and festivals around the world with a new sound that had its roots in Balkans – and from day one drove crowds wild with ecstatic bliss. Whether he DJs or plays live with a band, Shantel has the knack for turning any venue into a vortex of pure euphoria, where the Balkan bounce takes over and everyone turns into an expert bellydancer on the spot. Love and good vibes are in the air; his last two KOKO shows were no different.
Now reaching 6 million views of his Youtube hit Disko Partizani, he's brought the Balkans to clubland, and his work has inspired a whole generation of DJs who have broadened their horizons from house, techno and breakbeats to embrace a new sound. Disdainful of political borders, artificial musical categories and the generation gap, Shantel's music has effectively straddled cultures. It is equally at home at festivals such as the crazy Guca Brass Festival in Serbia, where in 2010 he performed together on stage with the legendary Boban and Marko Markovic Orkestar, to Glastonbury and Roskilde, with people of all ages dancing to his tunes. His remix of Mahala Rai Banda's Mahalageasca was prominently used in the soundtrack of the Borat movie.
Shantel will be appearing with his full live band and will be performing some of his classic numbers as well as plenty of new material in an evening you'll wish didn't have to end.