A great 3-star review of Mec Yek's new album Taisa by Simon Roxland in the English RnR Magazine!
Read the full review by clicking the link on the right.
Chuffed to announce that you can watch our YANA - short film online and for free as part of the KIDS FIRST FILM FESTIVAL in Hawai'i on Friday 18. February at 11 AM (CET)
See the festival guide HERE
The 2022 virtual UH KIDS FIRST! Film Festival – now in its 14th year in Hawaiʻi – presents creative and insightful animated and live-action shorts, features, and documentaries by student, indie, and seasoned filmmakers worldwide. Films focus on climate change and the environment, space and technology, social justice and tolerance, arts and culture...and just plain silliness and fun!
The New Year brings good news, as Sarah Baur's YANA - short film made it to Semi-Finalist at the San Francisco Indie Short Festival.
After making it's debut in the Transglobal World Music Charts at #34 Mec Yek's new album Taisa has risen to #25!
Thanks for celebrating with us and keeping our music alive!
You can see the full chart by clicking HERE
Sarah Baur's full documentary 'CLMT SHIFT ART' is now available with English subtitles!
On the occasion of the climate summit in November, Sarah Baur interviewed artists Benjamin Verdonck and Jerome Bel on their search for a more ecological way of living and making art.
Many thanks to the art magazine rekto:verso for hosting the documentary.
There's no better way to wish u well for the New Year than to send this free documentary to someone you think might find it interesting or - if you haven't already - to watch it yourself.
It's meant to be food for thought, so don't hold back just because there's one sentence in it you don't agree with.
We really need to start talking about climate again.
The versions with French and Dutch subtitles are also still available on the website of Rekto Verso.
We need more champagne!
Our album Taisa by Mec Yek has also made it to #9 in the - very prestigious -World Music Charts Europe
We're in the Top 10, can you believe it?!
See the whole listing of 20 tracks and artists at https://wmce.de
THE WMCE are radio-Worldmusic-specialists from twentyfour European countries who select their individual top ten favourites out of current Worldmusic releases from their playlists and the top ten is then published as the WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE.
Thank you for the appreciation MixedWorldMusic.com!
About our album Taisa by Mec Yek :
"Katia and Milka can raise a throat like a jack-in-the-box, but can also coo so seductively that the listener's legs go numb. The men of Jaune Toujours not only provide propulsive and cleverly arranged ensemble playing as backing, but also fine soloistic interventions on accordion, soprano sax, clarinet or trumpet."
Read the full review (in Dutch) at MixedWorldMusic.com!
Small p.s. for the purists among us: the review mentions Macedonian traditionals, but that should be Roma traditionals, more specifically from the Romungri tradition.
And Roma as in the (gypsy) people, not the Italian city.
Well... It doesn't happen very often, but this review has left us speechless for a moment.
Only once in a very while is a band lucky enough to be reviewed by a big eared listener like Seuras Og. He somehow managed to pinpoint some of the exact influences and intentions song by song.
Thank you for this At The Barrier.
We really want to encourage you to read the whole thing, so we've chosen a general quote to get your appetite up, but please read through until desert:
"But this is no sanitised curio brought out for chin stroking WOMAD bean munchers(*), this is rough, ready and raw, akin to Les Negresses Vertes at their most alarming, the vocals savage and untutored, the whole reminiscent of the streets in a mediterranean port that you probably should avoid, the smell of sweat, cheap perfume and drains that fully show just how long it has been since the Romans came. These, I should add, are all good things, with a hefty dollop of Balkan influence, some ska and anything else the cat brought in. Heady stuff!"
*WOMAD bean munchers, we love you though and hope to have the opportunity to come back to perform for you amongst the other WOMAD Festival-ers
Read it HERE
A little p.s. is needed to point out that we never intended to make a difference between Katia and Milka in the vocal/voice section, as Seuras suspects. That must be a typo in the press release and is not stated this way in the artwork with the CD. They are both equal front women and needless to say we're immensely proud to have them.