14/1 | 24:00 | Kal
Kal is an urban Roma band from one of Belgrade’s suburbs. Their music style was labeled Rock’n’Roma by the Western music critics; which probably best describes their music. Since 2006 when they first started playing, they have had more than 400 concerts abroad. They performed at many significant festivals in Serbia, as well as across Europe and internationally (Roskilde in Denmark, Fusion Festival in Berlin, Pepsi Sziget Festival in Budapest, and EXIT in Serbia), and made quite a career. In 2006 and 2008 they toured the USA, playing at some of the most prominent clubs such as Joe’s Pub in New York, where names like Leonard Cohen, David Byrne, Richard Thompson, Dolly Parton, Sinead O’Connor, Norah Jones, Youssou N’Dour and David Gilmore played. During their 2008 USA tour, they played 45 concerts and met the famous New York music attraction Gogol Bordello, establishing cooperation with them.
The producer of both of their albums was Mike Nielsen, known for his work with some of the biggest names in the music industry: Underworld, The Cure, Jamiroquai, Snow Patrol, etc. Both of the band’s albums ranked number one on the prestigious World Music Chart Europe, leaving bands like Gotan Project, Natasha Atlas and Ojos de Brujo behind them. They won third place in the annual award of the same Chart in 2006, which no band from Serbia had ever done.
In Serbia, they worked with Rambo Amadeus on songs Dikh Tu Kava and Komedija which received the Davorin Popović Аward for best video in former Yugoslavia in 2007. On their last album, the song Krasnokalipsa is a collaboration with the rapper Marcello. Their videos are marked with recognizable aesthetics, and today they are aired on all domestic TV stations, especially on MTV Adria, a representative of utmost quality when it comes to music televisions.
Kal is the only band from the Balkans selected among 1,000 bands to perform at one of the most significant Fairs of World Music – WOMEX, held in Spain in 2006.
Band members include Dragan Ristić (guitar, lead vocal), Aleksandra Veljković (vocal), Dušan Gnjidić (drums), Marko Ćurčić (bass), Rade Arsenović (accordion), Bojan Vasić (violin).