Saturday, April 1, 2017

Rotfront ‎- "Emigrantski Raggamuffin" [2009]

Artist: Rotfront
Title: Emigrantski Raggamuffin
Genre: Folk-Punk, Ska, Klezmer
Country: Germany
Release date: 2009

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. B-Style
  3. Zhiguli
  4. Sovietoblaster
  5. Kemények A Fények
  6. Berlin-Barcelona
  7. Red Mercedes
  8. Ya Piv
  9. Remmidemmi
  10. Sohase Mondd
  11. Gypsy Eyes
  12. Rotfront FM
  13. Tüz
  14. Devil
  15. Emigrantski Raggamuffin
  16. Klezmerton
  17. Youtube Song
Speaking of "positive" (and not too serious, since today is the April Fools' Day!) music - here's a band that was one of my greatest personal discoveries of the last year. "RotFront - Emigrantski Raggamuffin Kollektiv" is a creation of two Eastern European immigrants in Berlin: Yuri Gurzhy from Kharkiv, and his Hungarian fellow Simon Wahorn. The complete line-up of Rotfront includes many other musicians, mostly Eastern Europeans as well. The music is an eclectic mix of punk, ska, hip-hop/raggamuffin, tango (i.e. the track "Sohase Mondd" - although I prefer this song being sang by Judit Hernádi), klezmer and Balkan gypsy folk. Out of all I've posted here before, it reminds me the most of 44 Leningrad and Bandista.
They're also known for their animated music videos, like this one:

However, the most distinct feature of their music is the multilingualism of their lyrics. On this album, they use no less than 5 languages (all of which I know at least to some extent) - English, Russian, Ukrainian, German and Hungarian - and aren't afraid of mixing numerous languages in one song:


  1. Amsterdam Klezmer Band напомнило.

    1. Не слушал, но у них вроде бы был совместный трек с Rotfront ("Money Money Money"). За наводку спасибо, послушаю.