Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra (BE)

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Territory: Benelux


Antwerp city (Belgium) with its harbor, has always been a melting pot of different cultures. The Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra reflects that openness in an intriguing way, musicians with very diverse musical backgrounds have teamed up to combine the pure, raw energy of authentic Roma Gipsy/Greek and Turkish melodies with the ultra-danceable ska groove.

A charismatic front man, street credibility, incredible energy on stage, a vast variety of styles and rhythms that stretch the boundaries of what we know as ska music, striking melodies that soar with joy and dive with melancholy, improvisational skills to match a jazz combo and best of all… its own sound that is so rich and natural that one can’t help but wonder why nobody came up with this idea before.

The band will exist 16 years in January 2019. You can see that classifying AGSO as just another ska band would be a mistake that one is not likely to make after seeing them at work, doing what they do best. After 4 albums the band is currently working on new material for the fifth album with a collective of musicians featuring Turkish and Greek grooves, some skinhead reggae, banghra beats and of course up-tempo Gipsyska.

Over the past years the band has performed at Sziget festival, Dour festival, Lowlands, Zwarte cross, Melkweg, Paradiso and Balkan festivals in Romania, Poland, Switzerland, Republic of Buryatia, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Ukraine etc.

Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra is:
Gregor Engelen – Vocals
Filip Vandebril – Bass
Suhamet Latifi – Keyboards
Roel Poriau – Drums
Eduardo Vega – Guitar
Stefan Diskus – Alt sax
Tom Callens – Alt sax
Tomas Morzewski – Trumpet