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BalkanBeats, Ska, Afro-Latin Waves & Ethnik Fusion
Pontell & Rocksana

It's hard to imagine what will come out of mixing Balkan tunes, circus punk, gypsiness, contemporary Jewish folk music, hip-hop and ska. And what about adding some surrealistic esthetics, seasoning it with bewitching tribal dance? This stark raving mad life-enhancing cocktail is made by PONTELL & ROCKSANA duet!


“At the age of five I was kidnapped by Gypsies. That day they christened me five times in different churches, because during the baptizing ceremony the child was given a silver coin. In the evening my granny saved me, using a bag of onion as a ransom. But charming Gypsy music and free life virus had already managed to hit my young soul.” With this strange reminiscence Pontell starts a fascinating story of his becoming a musician.


Pontell defines his style as Balkan Beats – the fusion of electronic and Balkan orchestra music. Special atmosphere is added by some video-cuttings from ethnic films and Pontell's own travel diaries. Pontell stays almost serious, saying he is so deeply plunged into Jewish and Gypsy mystical traditions that sometimes he finds his music able to raise the dead or to affect the alternation of night and day.


Pontell performed on the same stage with Gogol Bordello, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, and Goran Bregovic. He also participated in the “Etno-Mechanica” festival as a DJ and a video artist.


The name Rocksana is of ancient Persian origin, and the meaning of it is “dawn”. Rocksana shares the beams of her talent with people, like the scorching sun shines on the horizon. For all her life she's been accompanied by mystery and magical powers. The strange meeting with shuvani, a Romani Gypsy shaman, had opened new dimensions of knowledge to Rocksana: she discovered esoterics, tarot cards, hidden depths of human soul... All of this embodied in her spellbinding dance. Rocksana's movements hypnotize the audience, to whom she appears as a dancing cobra. Even fire is ready to surrender to Rocksana's power. Spurts of flame are winding in the rhythm of tribal dance motion, echoing through Rocksana's body, merging with her into uniform flaming entity.

On their performances Pontell & Rocksana complement each other in surprising ways. While listening to peculiar Pontell's ethnic tunes and watching Rocksana's serpentine gracefulness, you can easily lose a sense of reality and find yourself in the world ruled by Gypsy freedom-loving and magical mystery.


Sasha Romanipe
Main style: Experimental
Favorite styles: Baile Funk, Disco House, Electro Swing, Jazzstep, Latin House, Moombahton, Ska
DJ, VJ since 1998
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