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Lele Lele

by Lele Lele

Like Ravi Shankar in a Kusturica film
Genre: World: Bulgarian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. En Magisk Hatt
4:12 album only
2. Zima
5:40 album only
3. Clubbing in Plovdiv
5:07 album only
4. Cogs & Gears
4:18 album only
5. Aide Rado
6:33 album only
6. Sandansko Horo
5:30 album only
7. Världen Runt
5:17 album only
8. Det Är Nyttigt Att Vänta
11:33 album only
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Album Notes
The group is based in Stockholm and have been playing together since 2003. In addition to countless performances in Sweden Lele Lele have done two tours in Bulgaria, performing together with kaval master Theodosii Spassov. They won a gold medal at the Albena Folk Music Festival and have toured Serbia, Slovenia, Italy and Austria.

The starting-point for the group was to take the captivating and distinctive melodies of traditional Bulgarian folk music and arrange them in a unique way for tamboura (not to be confused with the Indian instrument tampura), sitar, tablas, saxophone, clarinet, tuba and voice. The odd meters, the open improvisations, the daring arrangements and not the least the unusual combination of instruments give the band its unique sound.

While listening to the music of Lele Lele you’ll be transported to a musical wonderland where delicate improvisations sit side by side with neck-breaking balkan grooves and dramatic arrangements, all spiced with a pinch of humour.

Josef Danielsson - vocals, guitar and gong
Mihail Dintchev - tamboura and vocals
Stian Grimstad - sitar, tuba and other brass
Moa Danielsson - tablas and voice
Bjorn Dahlberg - clarinett, saxophones and vocals



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Xavier and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Energetic and diverse collection of World music
The self-titled collection by Lele Lele is an upbeat, energetic, and diverse collection of world tunes. Utilizing the heavenly sounds of the acoustic guitar and many native instruments, Lele Lele devises fluid, free-spirited tunes that are sure to leave lasting impressions. "En Magisk Hatt" starts things off right, wasting no time in acquainting listeners to the wide array of traditional instruments Lele Lele strategically orchestrates, as well as the vibrant and unique vocal performances. Taking on Middle-Eastern flair, "Zima" carries on the danceable mood of the CD while displaying some very memorable musical hooks. Furthermore, "Cogs & Gears" slows down the pace a bit while revealing a more emotional appeal to listeners. Superb production tops this assembly off, making it a prime choice for fans of world compositions.

Dave P

Cogs and Gears is one of my favorite songs but they are all really good. Bulgarian music played with a sitar by a group from Stockholm. It shows how cultures blend so well and still respect their origins.