Now that the Balkan Beats hyperbole appears to be out of fashion, erstwhile pioneers of the genre Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat of Balkan Beat Box - teaming up with Uri Kinrot from Boom Pam and Itamar Ziegler from The Backyard – have turned the gaze southward, westward and onward for fresh impulses, fusing Ethiojazz, Afrobeat and Afro Cuban with a Middle East touch. ...

Much has been made of the similarities between Balkan Beats and punk rock. There are, admittedly, a few parallels. Serbian kafana behavior, whereby drunken bećari (revelers on a spree) smash glasses, furniture and sometimes other people, is in some sense essentially punk in attitude. And there is a certain live-for-the-moment outlook in much Balkan Gypsy music that also parallels the ...