Magazine article New Internationalist

Shtetl Superstars

Magazine article New Internationalist

Shtetl Superstars

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Shtetl Superstars

by Various (Trikont CD)

Working on the premise that the idea of any single type of 'Jewish' music is a modern impossibility, Yuriy Gurzhy and Lemez Lovas, the two musicians and DJs behind Shtetl Superstars, have clearly had much fun with this compilation. Don't get me wrong: these are two nice boys who love their klezmer (Lovas plays with the British band Oi Va Voi, while the Ukrainian Gurzhy runs Berlin's famous Russendisko, a club that reverberates with klezmer tunes). But, with all due respect to musicians as various as Moishe's Bagel, Yid Vicious and the Klezmatics, there is so much more to Jewish music than klezmer alone.

To prove the point, Shtett Superstars enlists bands from all over Europe, as well as North America and Israel. After the delirious Yiddish ragga of Gurzhy's version of Amsterdam Klezmer Band's 'Immigrant Song' to the post-punk of Balkan Beat Box's 'Adir Adam' (think Lene Lovich with a surf guitar), the argument's won. …

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