North Adams, MA: What does Mediterranean Hip Hop Fusion sound like? Sample Balkan Beat Box’s video above, or better yet plan to see them in person when they shake the Berkshires up. The dance floor at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center promises to get wild on Saturday, March 16, at 8 PM, when the explosive energy and Mediterranean-influenced music of Balkan Beat Box comes North Adams.
Balkan Beat Box burst onto the New York City underground music scene in 2005 with a self-titled debut album that introduced the world to its mix of Balkan traditions, hip hop, and electronica. Founded by Israeli-born, now-Brooklyn-dwelling musicians Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat (and now including Tomer Yosef, Balkan Beat Box has built a reputation as a “global peacekeeping mission you can dance to,” according to SPIN. The New York Post recently warned concert-goers to “come prepared for a raucous night.”