Having toured across the US and Europe, Romanian roots
rockers Mahala Rai Banda are ready to charm EUROPALIA
ROMANIA with their fierce Gypsy funk. The 11-strong
band’s brass and minor key violin and accordion melodies
are unique. Taking shape on the streets of Bucharest,
Mahala Rai Banda’s sound is a modern 21st century
approach to Gypsy music: rooted in tradition but with
hints of dub and soul; a fusion of ancient Gypsy campfire
tunes and the loud din of Balkan Mafia clubs.
Mahala Rai Banda was formed by violinist and composer Aurel Ionita, who originates from a family of traditional Romanian musicians in the village of Clejani. Since the release of their debut album in 2004, Mahala Rai Banda has performed more than 200 concerts in 26 countries and appeared at major festivals, clubs, and concert halls throughout the world. Their song ‘Mahalageasca’ featured in the British-American feature film Borat, as well as in several other films and advertising campaigns. The band’s tracks have been remixed by famous electronic music producers and artists such as Nouvelle Vague and Felix B (from Basement Jaxx) and have appeared on international compilations including ‘Bar Gypsy’ (US).
Antonio, Alexandru: trombone/ Florin Iani, Ionita: accordion/ Aurel, Ionita: violin/ Catalin, Gheorghe: guitar/ Ciprian, Partenie: trombone/ Daniel, Cretu: singer/ Gabriel, Ionita: clarinet, sax/ Mihai, Margean: drums/ Marian, Tudor: electric bass/ Vlad, Nita: trumpet