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Balkan Music in Mexico

Casa HOY director, aka, DJ Gadjio

I have to admit, much to the disappointment of many a drunken man, that I really, seriously don’t like dancing salsa. Or cumbia, or banda, or any other rhythm that requires me to move my hips and feet and arms at the same time. I know it’s basically a crime, living in Mexico and all and not moving to Latin rhythms, but this is the music I grew up with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjvurgYXqGk, and you can’t teach this gringa new tricks, no matter how much tequila she’s been drinking.

Thank goodness for the arrival of Balkan music here in Mexico. You can jump around and look all whacked out, and you’re still considered a pretty good dancer. I was first introduced to Balkan music through Casa HOY director Gerardo, who DJs when he’s not out changing the world. It was such a relief to find music in Mexico that got me on the dance floor.

What is Balkan music? Coming from the gypsy culture in the Balkan region (Romania, Greece, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia, Croatia and Macedonia), this genre includes instruments such as the accordion, clarinet, brass instruments and the violin, as well as others that you’ve never heard of and I can’t spell (doumbek, gajda, kaval, santouri, tambura, tupan). This culture has started to become pretty popular in Mexico; last month, in March, there was a Balkan music concert in the “hippie-fresa” community of La Condesa, in Mexico City. And yesterday, Gerardo DJd at the Pulquería in Mexico City for another great Balkan party.

Independent movies like “Underground” by director Emir Kusturica and even douchy-ish movies like “Borat” with Sacha Baron Cohen are increasing the popularity of Balkan music.

If you come to Mexico, obviously you’re going to want to have a few nights out being spun around by greased up dudes looking to get some. Who doesn’t? But when you’ve finally accepted the fact that you have two left feet, look up Gadjio Dromalo (Gerardo, in DJ persona) on Facebook for the next Balkan fiesta here in the Cuernavaca/Mexico City area.



Posted by UnMejorHOY 08:29 Archived in Mexico Tagged parties travel mexico de reyes international traditions community cultural volunteer casa voluntourism casa_hoy participatory rosca

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