Queen Real Tribute was formed in April 2006.
The band members are not only great musicians, they are big Queen fans, so they started to play songs of Queen to preserve the memory of one of the greatest rock bands of all times and their singer Freddy Mercury.

During 2007 and 2008 Queen Tribute Band played many concerts throughout Eastern Europe and soon became one of the best Queen Tribute bands in the world. At the end of 2008 band recorded a live DVD video celled “Magic Rhapsody”, at the Boogaloo (Zagreb - Croatia). During 2009 they got a lot of invitations from abroad and toured Europe and that gave them a solid international reputation. In the period 2010 - 2017 the band played more than 100 of concerts abroad: Brazil, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, France, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Portugal...

In Brazil, for example, the band had 4 tours - about 70 concerts. Brazilian fans pronounce the band: “the best Queen tribute band in the world”.
In summer of 2012., Queen Real Tribute played in front of more than 60.000 people at the biggest Belgrade festival.
The guitar player has the same guitar and VOX amps and plays without picks. He plays guitar with money coins, just like Brian May, so he got his special guitar tone. The singer wears the same clothes like Freddy did, and makes his recognizable moves.
The drummer plays the same drum as Roger Taylor - metal Ludwig with a 26 inch kick.

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Dubioza Koletiv

In SXSW 2016, 40 Bands You Need to Hear Dubioza Kolektiv is top on the list. Dubioza Kolektiv is the coolest, most awesome thing happening in music right now. They are a collective rather than a group running a label; independent, with a super-positive management providing a platform for deserving artists to blossom in an overly saturated market. These guys just do good music. Period. Also, they know how to throw a damn good party.
DK are a band from Bosnia known for their fresh take on hiphop, mixed with reggae, dub, rock and Bosnian folklore; others more familiar with the name know them as a killer live band, and notorious leaders in the fight for social change in their home country. Though relatively new to audiences in “The West”, the group has already established itself as among the best and most popular live outfits in Eastern Europe.

Initially, the concept of the band came through an urgent need to voice the problematic issues in Bosnian society, while also showing the rest of the world that life in the Balkans exists outside of the familiar and overused media stereotypes. Understandably then, many of Dubioza Kolektiv’s lyrics revolve around themes of peace, understanding and tolerance, alongside an extreme criticism of nationalism and injustice; but what gives these lyrics weight is that they speak with the authority of direct experience.

Now, after eight years and five albums under their belts, (their sixth, “Wild Wild East” due for international release in Summer of 2011), they can claim a list of accomplishments that would make any musicians proud: a diehard fan base (“5 do 12” boasts over 100,000 downloads and counting). Outside of the Balkans, they’ve been nominated for “Independent Album of the Year 2011”, have been featured recognized by the BBC and Time Magazine as a legitimate voice of Bosnia. Now, with the support an international record label and months of touring ahead, there is nowhere for the band to go but up.

Dubioza Kolektiv’s 2011 album, Wild Wild East, has garnered international attention. Most of the songs are in English which opens the band up to new audiences. Critics have generally given it good reviews and cited the originality of mixing so many styles of music. Also the album is mostly responsible for the band’s victory of the Best Adria Act in MTV European Award 2011.[7] Happy Machine, Dubioza kolektiv’s 7th album, consists of 3 tracks: two in English and one in Spanish.

But let’s back to the music: if you’re looking for macho, money-and-ego driven posturing, you won’t find it here; no MTV “rude boy” gangstas, no strippers or bling, no brands or corporate endorsements from the international fashion industry. Rather, they take on traditional musical forms with their unique perspective, shaped by a war that changed their lives forever; and all done with a positivity that feels like breath of fresh air. If there was an award for Independent Artist of the Decade, they would have my vote.

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BGKO (Barcelona Gipsy BalKan Orchestra)

Barcelona Gipsy BalKan Orchestra (BGKO) is an international ensemble of musicians based in Barcelona which is awakening the interest of audiences all over Europe through their genuine reinterpretations of traditional music from the Balkans, the Middle East and the Mediterranean shores.

Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra (BGKO) is the evolution of the Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra, which in three years turned into a referral of the roots music made in Barcelona achieving a notorious international exposure.

The unique and contemporary sound of the BGKO comes from their passionate and relentless exploration of sounds and timbres from the romani, klezmer, balkan and mediterranean music. All understood as a set of musical traditions and multi ethnic cultures which go beyond any geographical boundary, nurtured by the imprints of the different peoples who inhabited these lands.

The group itself blend the different artistic influences .-of its members, enriched and shaped by Barcelona’s vibrant musical scene: from traditional Catalan, Greek, Italian, Russian and Midle Eastern songs to the vital vibes of jazz manouche and rockabilly.

A music that goes straight to your heart...Without tricks!

Their music is a reflection of the diversity of the musicians' home countries, which include Catalonia, Spain, Italy, France, Serbia, Greece, and Ukraine, as well as Barcelona's vibrant music scene.

performing their very unique reinterpretations of Balkan, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music, mixing traditional songs with Jazz manouche, or gypsy jazz, and rockabilly.

Starting from November 2015, BGKO evolves: after so much intense work and growth, they are responding to the urge to expand our artistic horizons. While remaining very interested in Klezmer music, they also want to gather inspiration from a wider spectrum of genres. Balkan music is, for them, a set of musical traditions and multiethnic cultures that surpass geographical confines, drawing on the historical traditions that have forever inhabited these lands: Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, Gypsies, Ottomans, Arabs…

 Opening new music views, BGKO music can change your life!

 

Sandra Sangiao - vocals (Catalunya,Spain)

Sun, soul and energy of the band

 

Mattia Schirosa - accordion (Italy)

Brain, vision and craziness of the band

Julien Chanal - guitar (France)

Tireless jam session man, kindness and creativity of the band

Stelios Togias Darbuka, Bendir, Cajón, Davul, Riq, Tzouras (Greece)
Rhythmic engine, best driver and wild man

Ivan Kovacevic - Double Bass (Serbia)
Heart, wisdom and strength of the band

Daniel Carbonell - Clarinet (Catalonia,Spain)

Klezmer sound, elegant clarinetist and photographer

Oleksandr Sora - Violin (Ukraine)

Classical style, refined hearing and virtuoso

Starting from November 2015, BGKO evolves: after so much intense work and growth, we are responding to the urge to expand our artistic horizons. While we remain very interested in Klezmer music, we also want to gather inspiration from a wider spectrum of genres. Balkan music is, for us, a set of musical traditions and multiethnic cultures that surpass geographical confines, drawing on the historical traditions that have forever inhabited these lands: Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, Gypsies, Ottomans, Arabs…

Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra has successfully performed live in front of international audiences:

  • Porgy & Bess, Viena (Austria)
  • Klarinet Festival, lstambul (Turkey)
  • International Gipsy Festival, Tilburg (Holland) Festival Tres Cultt;Jras, Frigiliana (Spain)
  • Kolarac, Belgrad (Serbia)
  • Novosadska Sinagoga, Novi Sad (Serbia)
  • Notte della Taranta, Melpignano (Italy)
  • Festival Jazz in The Park, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) Castel Sant Angelo, Roma (Italy)
  • International Platonov Art Festival, Voronezh (Russia) Donau lnsel Fest, Vienna (Austria)
  • International Music Festival Imago (Slovenia) Jazztage, Dresden (Germany)
  • Nordland Theater, Mo i Rana (Norway)
  • lnternationales de la Guitare, Montpellier (France)
  • Teatre Gree, BGKO featuring Bora Dugic &.Boban Prodanovic, Barcelona (Spain)
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour, Torino (Italy)
  • Palau de la Musica, Barcelona (Spain)
  • L’Auditori de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Sala Apolo, Barcelona (Spain)
  • Kalnciema iela, Riga (Latvia)
  • GamsbART, Graz (Austria)
  • Wiener Metropol, (Austria)
  • Turnhalle, Bern (Switzerland)
  • Meb Sura Hall, Ankara (Turkey)
  • Piccolo Teatro Grassi, Milano (Italy)

Avo Kanto (2018) 

Avo kanto means “grandfathers songs” in Esperanto, the only language capable of expressing the diversity of their band.

Avo Kanto is the continuation of a journey that started two years ago with “del Ebro al Danubio”. Plenty of concerts, places, people, musicians, and moments that still move us, gave birth to the songs on this album. Nearly all are traditional songs, interpreted throughout time, passed down through generations while never losing their power to evoke the deepest feelings of the human being. Today these songs rise again, touching us deep in our hearts and souls. 

Del Ebro al Danubio (2016)
Europe Closes The Border OST (2016)
Balkan Reunion (2015)
Imbarca (2014)
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Since its creation BGKO gathers a faithful and ever growing fan base in the social media, with more than 10.000.000 plays of their videos on YouTube.
Show them respect if you like their music and follow #BGKO on social media