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Bubamara’s latest album Zotica (short for exotica) is the third in their trilogy of albums which explore music from Europe’s unconscious. Like the former albums, Zotica hosts a number of collaborations including the Butcher Poet from Newton Aycliffe Emlyn Hugill, and one of Syria’s master oud players, Bashar Alhana. Guitarist Dave Hartley explains: “Bashar’s presence helps push the direction of this album towards the margins of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. As always the music is driven by Bubamara’s effervescence and humour. This is an album which can not only sit at ease in the melting point of Europe’s national, ethnic and religious divides, but does so with an infectious celebratory quality: music without anxiety.”

Here, Dave conjures up a Post-Revolutionary Party…


“Bubamara’s music has long reflected travel and the desire to engage with the wealth of European and Middle Eastern folk idioms from the stand point of our own post-punk indie sensibility. For our dream show we would choose the Roman Amphitheatre at Tarragona in Spain, the best-known entertainment building in the Roman world, to host what would be billed as the Post-Revolutionary Party. It is one thing to agitate for political change through music (and Bubamara include amongst their repertoire the songs of the partigiani), it’s another to play amongst the feverish joy that manifests when peace breaks out.

It is one thing to agitate for political change through music, it’s another to play amongst the feverish joy that manifests when peace breaks out

“Nestled by the beach, Tarragona has all the elements; a small harbour for the sailed touring vessel, cool sands to pitch a tent, starry skies and the gentle lapping of waves to caress the ears. Campfires on the beach and vendors fill the air with the scent of jasmine and oregano against the notes of a sea breeze.

“However, the spectacle is to be found on the stage. The genie is out of the bottle and it is called Bubamara. The amphitheatre is transformed by the musicians and dancers who are flanked by the whirling dervishes, their hats emblematic of the tombstones to which the past is laid. They are joined by troupes of belly dancers who lead the procession of musicians down to the water’s edge where the full moon blazes its light across the waters. The world is our stage!”

Bubamara celebrate the release of Zotica at Pealie’s Barn, Northallerton on 17th May.

 

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