From humble beginnings in his Macedonian village of Strumica, to packing out festival dance floors across Europe as the leader of his Aguševi Orchestra, trumpet prodigy Džambo the “Funky Tiger of Macedonia” has arrived with his ferocious new album “Brasses for the Masses”. Out March 20th on Asphalt Tango Records.
Džambo has risen to become the most widely celebrated Macedonian musician since the late Esma Redžepova.Born in eastern Macedonia in 1987 into a family of generational musicians his father Džemal worked in local orchestras. In the mid 1990’s little Džambo became seriously interested in playing the trumpet. Every day he insisted on accompanying his father to rehearsals, where he would observe and listen, completely enthralled by the magic of the music. He dreamed of one day owning a trumpet, but his family were reluctant to give him one knowing the tough life of a musician. However, in an act of kindness, the conductor of Džemal’s orchestra took pity on the young boy who studied the musicians with such intensity, gifting Džambo his first trumpet. From then on there was no stopping Dzambo – with his eyes on the prize the boy from Strumica set off on becoming the greatest trumpeter in the Balkans!
Džambo’s sound developed as a result of his cultural background and varied musical taste. While his initial musical interest was deeply rooted in the brass band traditions of the southern Balkans, young Džambo kept his
ears open, listening to music from both east and west – appropriate for a Macedonian youth in the historical melting pot of the former Yugoslav republic. Listening to Jazz and Funk, Turkish music and movie soundtracks, Dzambo combined these musical ideas using his gypsy heritage as a foundation from which he developed his own distinctive sound.
Heralding the future of the Balkan brass sound, “Brasses for the Masses” is a reflection of Džambo’s vision for Balkan brass music. Across the albums twelve track journey Džambo pays respect to the regional roots of the genera, whilst combining hard grooves and uplifting melodies, bringing the music to the dancefloors of a younger generation.
released March 20, 2020