Rasta Zeneca feat. Amparo Sánchez & Yuriy Gurzhy

ALBANIA • BELGIUM • GERMANY • KOSOVO* • NORTH MACEDONIA • SPAIN • UKRAINE

Rasta Zeneca is a new project, produced by the festival Balkan Trafik. This exciting and fascinating new music group consisting of the one hand of a group of respected and experienced musicians, and on the other hand of several big names in world music on the European scene. 

The ‘accompanying group’  consists of experienced and versatile musicians such as David Bourguignon (Manu Chao, La Kinky Beat), Macedonian trumpet player Seven Kadrievi (Kadrievi Orkestar), Brussels-based Albanian clarinettist Valbon Dzelili, Belgian drummer Roel Poriau (Think of One) and keyboard player Suki Ljatifi (Antwerp Gypsy Ska Orkestar) as well as bass player Tomas De Smet (Zita Swoon, Think of One), Spanish “rumbero” Willy Fuego (Rumbaristas) and French-Polish-Sicilian trumpeter Don Tomasino (Orchestre International du Vetex). 

 Rasta Zeneca will offer you a beautiful ride through an exciting musical landscape: traditional songs from the Balkans and Gipsy musical traditions will be restyled in a rolling two-step rocket, new songs will mix underground Yugo or Spanish rock with sevda, rumba, reggae or punk rock. 

For their first performance on the occasion of the next edition of the Balkan Trafik Festival, Rasta Zeneca will be accompanied by the award-winning Spanish «mestizo singer» Amparo Sánchez.  

 With :

  • Amparo Sánchez (Espagne) vocals 
  • Willy Fuego (Spain-Belgium)  guitar 
  • David Bourguignon (Germany guitar  
  • Valbon Dzelili (Belgium-Albania clarinet  
  • Suki Ljatifi (Belgium-Kosovo)  piano  
  • Seven Kadrievi (Belgium-North Macedonia)  trumpet 
  • Thomas Morzewski (Belgium)  trumpet 
  • Tomas De Smet (Belgium)   bass 
  • Roel Poriau (Belgium)  drums  

Artistic directors and composers:  Piet De Coster (Belgium) & Thomas Morzewski (Belgium) 

Amparo Sánchez

Amparo Sánchez is the singer of Amparanoia, still one of the most important groups of the Spanish alternative Latin American music scene, they have won the BBC World Music Award in the past.

Yuriy Gurzhy

Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine and living in Berlin, Yuriy Gurzhy is Musician, Songwriter, DJ, Storyteller as well as the founder of the Russendisko, Shtetl Superstars, RotFront and The Disorientalists.

Yuriy released ten compilations on different european record labels, including the bestselling “Russendisko Hits” (2003) and “Shtetl Superstars – Funky jewish sounds from around the world” (2006), recorded three albums and toured extensively with RotFront. His latest productions are “Who Was Essad Bey?” (2017, with The Disorientalists) and “Bandera. Songs from the HipHopera” (2018).