RotFront

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RotFront is the brainchild of two Berlin emigrantskis. One half of the RussenDisko is Yuriy Gurzhy, who joined forces with Hungarian musician Simon Wahorn, initiator of the HungaroGroover Soundsystem, to create the Emigrantski Raggamuffin Kollektiv RotFront. Founded in 2003, it played its way almost overnight to ranking as Berlin’s ultimate party band. Whether there are seven, twelve or fifteen musicians on stage at any one time – nobody is going to be alone on the dancefloor for long. Right from the start, with the opening songs, the boundary between stage and dancefloor dissolves into nothingness. Rolling back boundaries is RotFront’s mission – and in that sense they are a political band.
They may not talk the talk, but they certainly walk the walk: instead of singing about politics, they actually live the easy-going, harmonious interaction of nationalities, ethnicities, musical genres and cultures. And it works. A Ukrainian, two Hungarians, an American, an Australian and five Germans mix Ska, Reggae, Dancehall and Cumbia sounds with Klezmer, Berlin’s own in-your-face brand of Hiphop, Eastern European Turbopolka, Mediterranean melodies and rock riffs. Russian, Hungarian, German and English lyrics tell of life in Berlin and the adventures of immigrants in the city.
The band has been active since 2001.

Albums

Visafree

Label: Essay Recordings
Distribution in France: La Baleine
Release date: July 22, 2011

Drink a bottle of vodka, eat a pound of garlic, this is the taste of Emigrantski Republic. Here are 15 brand new songs of the Emigrantski Raggamuffin Collective, produced and recorded by Kraans De Lutin (known for his work with Culcha Candela, Flo Mega, Tiger HiFi, Irie Revoltes) in the Phlexton Studios in January / February 2011. Each track embraces a different subject, with winking statements and clear attitude: ranging from the oppression of minorities in Eastern Europe to single mothers and ex-wives of notorious secret agents, to smoking in space or wild weddings in the multi-cultural suburbs of Berlin and of course some hilarious stories from RotFront’s tour diary. These are sounds as full of sweat and emotion as good sex, as strong and crystal-clear as Bulgarian home-brew liquor, and as refreshing and full of colours as Berlin itself.
The new album reflects the biographies of the band members, presents hipshaking music with lyrics defying boredom, prejudice and discrimination against foreigners.

RotFront - Visafree

Emigrantski Raggamuffin

Label: Essay Recordings
Distribution in France: La Baleine
Release date: September 01, 2009

RotFront is more than just good music: it is a contribution to international relations. Just as Russians once learned German listening to the band Rammstein’s lyrics, Germans can now sing along with RotFront in Russian, Ukrainian and Hungarian. The collective, with its high-octane brew of musical references, has taken the baton from all the other collectives that have come out of Berlin to take the world by storm: Seeed with their mix of Reggae and HipHop, Culcha Candela with their mix of Latino and Pop…. Now RotFront has come flying out of the starting blocks, showing how Eastern European sounds (polka, klezmer) can be heated up with smouldering southern rhythms (ska, cumbia). Their lyrics are based on their own lives and experiences. RotFront has joined Essay Recordings, a melting pot of global pop sounds, with no holds barred. Rolling back boundaries is RotFront’s mission; in that sense, they are a political band. They may not talk the talk, but they certainly walk the walk: instead of singing about politics, they actually live the easy-going, harmonious interaction of nationalities, ethnicities, musical genres and cultures. And it works.

RotFront - Emigrantski Raggamuffin