Last year, Dutch trance/blues shamans My Baby sold out, danced out and heated up our smaller hall with an unforgettable performance. A year later, they’re coming back to our large stage with a brand new record and a whole new mission – to check off 2018 together with us and our neighbourhood at the traditional Šiška New Year’s bash. They’ll be joined by Serbian trio Igralom and their new album.
After the albums My Baby Loves Voodoo!, Shamanaid and Prehistoric Blues, which took the trio My Baby around the world, touring with famed American bluesman Seasick Steve and to megafestivals such as Glastonbury (no fewer than six times!), Ozora, Sziget and Exit, establishing them as one of the most prominent, progressive and influential Dutch artists on an international level, it’s time for a new chapter.
The band are writing it with their fresh album Mounaiki, released in October. The records enhances the band’s “perfect bridge between rock and dance music” (OOR), built from tribal rituals, trance ecstasy and murky blues, with a musical tribute to the first half of the 20th century – jazz, ragtime, film noir and Italian neorealism. The album was also heavily influenced by the band’s visit to refugee camps along the Serbian-Croatian border as part of the Ambassadors of Freedom project, recorded in a documentary film of the same name.
It is these inspirations, experiences and accompanying emotions that My Baby, still made up of high priestess Cato van Dijck, her brother Joost and New Zealander Daniel Johnston, poured into yet another excellent record. No wonder we can hardly wait for them to take over the party in Šiška!
We first met the Serbians Igralom in Šiška last year, when they blew us away warming up for the legendary Disciplin A Kitschme. In part due to that excellent performance, but primarily due to an exciting blend of energetic Americana and Afro-funk grooving, the trio got a slot at this year’s MENT Ljubljana – and blew us away again. The esteemed online mag Louder than War named the band one of the ten great new acts at the festival, describing it as combining the noise power of Repetitor, the bluesy trippiness of Tinariwen and the electric virtuosity of Jimi Hendrix.
Coming back in December, they’ll treat us to their excellent second album Sunovrat, a collision of Saharan and Middle Eastern blues with eclectic funk, a musical explosion on whose waves glide impressionist lyrics and whose creation was also assisted by Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts).
However, as befits holiday merrymaking, we won’t be alone this Saturday. We’ll be joined by our NGO colleagues from the neighbouring building, each adding to the programme in their own way. Details to follow, but don’t even worry too much about it, just like you shouldn’t worry about where you’ll spend New Year’s Eve. The main thing is that you know where you’ll be two weeks before, at undoubtedly the best New Year’s party in 2018!
Tickets on sale online and at mojekarte.si outlets.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.
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