Szapora is a remarkable collaboration between two Bosnian singing sisters, five British musicians and a Polish gypsy. This fabulous group has become legendary for brilliant, mesmerising performances of songs and dances from central and eastern Europe: Doina's from Romania, Kopanicas from Serbia, Czardas's from Hungary and Hora's from Bulgaria, and lots more. Presenting the true flavour of Eastern Europe with a fiery gypsy vivacity and an occasional swing feel that is infectious. A Balkan music multi-national collective�once heard, the furious energy of their music will beat in your bloodstream forever.
Szapora has been at the forefront of Balkan music making in the UK for the last six years. This fabulous orchest has become legendary for brilliant and mesmerising performances of music from all over middle and Eastern Europe.
Dave Kelbie - guitar,mandolin,darbuka,vocals.
Thea Hodzic -vocals,guitar,tambourine
Mirella Hodzic - vocals
Bronislav Krawczyk - Accordion
Paul Moylan - double bass
Oli Wilson-Dickson - violin
Dylan Fowler - guitars,darbuka,tapan,clarinet,whistle
Mirza Halilovic - vocals, guitar, darbuka
Luke Carver Goss -accordion
their voices complemented and harmonised like blending bitter brown sugar with a melting marshmallow
"The incidental pleasures can sometimes make more of an impression than the headliners at the event as sprawling as WOMAD. Strolling past Radio 3s tiny 'World On Your Street' tent on Sunday, I found a knot of people entranced by Tha Hodzic, a Bosnian singer-guitarist who was performing a lament in the company of an accordionist and clarinettist. An architecture graduate who came to this country as a refugee, Hodzic has found a niche as part of that vivacious Balkan-style group Szapora. Her voice haunted me for the rest of the day. It was reassuring to find that, even in its 20th year, WOMAD has not lost its air of serendipity�" Clive Davis The Times
"...The showcase from Thea Hodzic, Vanya and Dylan Fowler the 'World On Your Street' tent is embedded in my heart - a true connection of cultures from Sarajevo, Poland and Wales. July 2002 - when I cried at WOMAD!..." Fiona Talkington, Presenter, Late Junction
"...spectacular, sensitive, idiomatic and breathtaking..." Folk Roots, UK
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from their album "The Homeland of our Wanderings"