DK are known for their fresh take on hip-hop, reggae, dub, rock and Bosnian folklore. 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.
However, outside “The West”, the group has already established itself as among the best and most popular live outfits in Eastern Europe, and notorious leaders in the fight for social change. They are also nominees for IMPALA’s “Best Independent Album of 2011.” Their musical skills forged in basement shelters during the siege of Sarajevo, these guys know more than anyone how to use music as a weapon against the forces of negativity.
DK is well known in Bosnia for practicing what they preach, lending support to Bosnia’s first grass-roots civil society group “Dosta!” by organizing a huge protest concert before 2006 general elections. Their album release party for their fourth album “Firma Ilegal” took place in front of the Bosnian Parliament, in a powerful statement against government corruption, and garnered massive coverage in the national press. Finally, in 2010 the band spearheaded a national voting drive with concerts in all of the major Bosnian cities, aimed to increase the turnout of younger population in 2010 elections. Time Magazine and the BBC have both recognized the group as a legitimate voice of Bosnia.
“Wild Wild East”, is the sixth and latest release in their 8 years of existence. Tireless activists, their subjects revolve around subjects of peace and tolerance alongside an extreme criticism of nationalism and cultural stereotypes. The music is relentless and habit forming, tailor made for massive sound systems.
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 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 delivered with a level of positivity that hits you like a blast of fresh air. If you are open to the experience, it could change your life too.
The band performed at: Sziget Festival, Hungary (2005/2006), Socha Reggae Riversplash Festival, Slovenia (2005), Exit Festival, Serbia (2005/2007/2009), Eurosonic Festival, The Netherlands (2005), Topvar Rock Festival, Slovakia (2005/2006), Barevná planeta festival, Czech (2005), Rototom Festival, Italy (2006), Colors of Ostrava Festival, Czech (2006/2007/2011), Fete de l’Humanite, France (2006), Balkan Trafik Festival, Belgium (2007), Real Beat Festival, Czech (2007), Couleur Cafe Festival, Belgium (2007), Taksirat Festival, Macedonia (2007/2011), Belgrade Beer Fest, Serbia (2008/2011), Bruis Festival, The Netherlands (2008), Viva la Pola Festival, Croatia (2008/2009), Dirty Old Festival, Croatia (2009), Križanke Urban Fest, Slovenia (2009), Njoki Summer Festival, Slovenia (2009), Rockoupani Festival, Czech (2009), Pivolend festival, Macedonia (2009), Hartera festival, Croatia (2010), INmusic festival, Croatia ( 2010/2011), Fusion festival, Germany (2010), Dunya festival, The Netherlands (2011), IRAF festival, Romania (2010/2011), Mondiali Antirazzisti festival, Italy (2011), Terraneo festival, Croatia (2011), ITAK festival, Slovenia (2011), and numerous other festival and club shows all around Europe.
Former band members:
Adisa Zvekic – vocals (2004-2008)
Alan Hajduk – vocals (2004-2005)
Emir Alic – drums (2004-2007)
Orhan Maslo – percussions (2006-2011)
Edited by Hrc_Cro on 7 Apr 2013, 19:03
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