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Lolo Lovina Disc Launch
On the 20th of February, 2015, avid fans of modern gypsy music were drawn to The Vanguard in Newtown, Sydney, with the lure of a new album from Lolo Lovina. This was a very special occasion for the Australian Balkan fusion band, as it was five years ago at this very venue that they proudly released their debut album. Now, on the birthday of their lead singer, they returned to once again wow the crowds with their eclectic sound, and Biting Designs were on hand to capture the magic in an alluring cinematic video.
For those who are unfamiliar with Lolo Lovina, the band is fronted by a charismatic pair, Hungarian Romani-Gypsy lead singer Sarah Bedak and Serbian Romani-Gypsy drummer/guitarist Nenad Radic. Both passionate about producing music that is true to their Balkan Roma roots. Together, the group have created a sound that is a melding of gypsy jazz, electro swing and rhythmic bits.
Prior to the show, the atmosphere at the Vanguard was one of eager anticipation. Followers of Lolo Lovina have long been waiting for the follow up to their debut album and were looking forward to having a taste of the new electro beats sound that had been promised on the bands Facebook page. The venue décor was dominated by shades of red and gold, whilst the lighting gave off an almost smoky atmosphere that was very in keeping with the music – you could almost image that you were part of a gypsy caravan, seated beside a roaring fire, instead of within the King Street venue.
To mark the release of ‘Rroma Sapien’, the foursome performed ‘Paparuga’, one of the new songs from their second album. ‘Paparuga’ sounds as cheeky as the grin of the bands lovely leading lady. The introduction includes the kind of boisterous notes that make a person want to start tapping their feet or clicking their fingers to keep time with the beat. Sarah Bedak’s husky voice cleverly leads you on a rollicking journey, composed of quick, repetitive sounds interspersed with soaring drawn out notes. The clever combination of music and vocals is incredibly compelling, making you fairly itch to get up and dance. For those unfamiliar with the modern gypsy movement, ‘Paparuga’ is an absorbing introduction to the sounds of Balkan Roma music.