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Fanfara Tirana
Influences: Balkan , Mediterranean , West European
Genres: electronic, balkan, dub, brass band, cross over, indie
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February 2023 #32 - Top 40 for Balkan Influence NO GUNS TO THE WEDDING (video)
August 2022 #26 - Top 40 for Balkan Influence NO GUNS TO THE WEDDING (video)
Fanfara Tirana is surely one of the most entertaining brass band coming from the Balkans.Formed by a group of friends from the Albanian Army band who decided, in a light-hearted fashion, that it might be worthwhile to form such a band, just to see what might happen. They contacted veteran singer M° Hysni Zela and persuaded him to come out of retirement and join them, which is when the serious fun started. Taking the time-honoured tales of heroes and lovers that are the backbone of the Albanian tradition and infusing them with the pumping rhythms of the best Balkan brass styles, they have created something truly innovative yet totally representative. Already blazing new trails at home and now ready for export.After playing at Europe bigest festivals as Roskilde, Sziget, WOMAD ... selected at WOMEX 2007, TOP 20 at World Music Charts Europe with their first album, TOP Of The World for Songlines Magazine 2007 and many other goals is time for a NEW ALBUM!, their new project, "KABATRONICS". Their latest album, released by Piranha, "Albanian Wedding - a brass explosion" climbed higher and higher the World Music Charts Europe for months, but with their new studio work Fanfara Tirana has gone further on and delivered the whole album to the londoners manipulators, the brilliant minds of TransGlobal Underground.The result is a blast!

NIKO - vocal

MR WHITE - sax soprano/sax alto/clarinet

MR HAPPY - sax alto / clarinet

SKANDERBEG - sax alto / clarinet


GAS GAS - trumpet

MR KEYBOARD - sax bariton / keyboards

THE PROFESSOR - tenor horn

PALOMA - tenor horn

GOLDEN BOY - tenor horn


MARIO THE GIPSY - darbouka, percussion

THE BAD - drums