‘The most successful Czech band of our times’
A cheeky combination of hip hop, gypsy music, r’n’b, pop & many other influences. Gipsy.cz has been astounding people from Glastonbury to countries all over the world. Effervescent singer, rapper, composer and all-round entertainer Radoslav ‘Gipsy’ Banga, along with the experienced and famous Czech gipsy violinist and singer Vojta Lavicka, serve up this unique energy cocktail for your joy and pleasure… with more than just a little help from the young, traditionally schooled gipsy musicians, the Surmaj brothers.
Gipsy.cz exploded on to the Czech music scene in 2004 and the borders between world music, gypsy music, hip hop and pop were broken for the first time in the Czech Republic. They created their own energetic original sound and space where genuine traditional music and hip-hop meet.
Radoslav Banga, aka ‘Gipsy’, was born in Prague where he lived as a street kid from the age of 13 & connected with hip-hop and rap. He developed his style of Romano hip-hop, combining Roma rhythms and language with the 200bpm music played by Balkan brass bands. In partnership with top Czech gypsy ‘primas’, violin maestro Vojta Lavicka, and the two young brothers, Petr Surmaj (gtr, accordion) & Jan Surmaj (electric upright bass), he made a breakthrough as Gipsy.cz.
The band has covered the European concert circuit visiting Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany amongst others. They also appeared as the first Czech band ever at the Glastonbury festival in 2007.
Gipsy.cz has gone from strength to strength and has been through many rewarding experiences since the successful release of their debut ‘gold’ album ‘Romano Hip Hop’. Their music augments their traditional attributes of freshness, grace, humour and originality with a strong message and genuine concern for social issues of our times.
Cheeky & Very Dancy Romano Gypsy Hip-Hop
Byron Bay Community Centre – no chairs & a big dancefloor!
Thursday 3rd March
Tix: $23 pre/ $27 Door
Doors 7pm/ Show 8pm
www.byroncentre.com.au / Ph (02) 6685 6807