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Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra

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Check out the ”Antwerp Gipsy Ska and Ambrassband” documentary on Youtube (7:35’) made in December 2008.

Early 2004 Gregor formed the Antwerp Gipsy Ska Orkestra. The concept was to take the pure, raw energy of authentic Roma Gipsy music and combine it with the ultra-danceable ska rhythm.

Their debut concert in Antwerp’s Museum of Beautiful Arts (Museum van Schone Kunsten) was a huge success. It was the opening of Antwerp Book City, and attended by lots of renowned writers and other famous people.

Now the band played several big festivals in the netherlands and germany and many more to come.

The Musicians:
Gregor and Mukti are old friends, they played together in Moss, a hardcore punk band with Mukti on drums. At the same time Mukti played in Tachyon, at that time also a punk band (he also joined Belgian Asociality later on)… one thing led to another and Gregor became the singer of Tachyon. As this group gradually became a ska band, Kike was asked to join them on sax. After Tachyon split up in 2003 these three friends found each other again in AGSO.
Suhamet Latifi, a gipsy born in servie plays the keyboards

Gregor Engelen(belgium), Vincent Robin(france) and Enrique Noviello(argentina) are part of the Ambrassband, a fanfare that grew out of the Antifare.
Gregor and Kike also form the horn section of Donkey Diesel.

Filip played bass with Le Trio Perdu. After their breakup, he formed the klezmer formation On Fidldikn Mamzer with the accordeonist. He’s active in the gipsy scene apart from AGSO and you also can hear him perform with Bobby’s Evil, Bacalhou (Fado), Tagsim (Arabo-Andalusisch) en Delicatessen (Free).

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