Dubioza Kolektiv.
Dubioza Kolektiv. CONTRIBUTED

Woodford Folk Festival welcomes edgy Balkan rebels

THEY'RE non-conformist and a little rebellious.

Their music is exuberant and their lyrics tell it exactly how they see it.

They are known for their "kick-ass” live shows. Oh, and they give their music away.

Meet Dubioza Kolektiv.

Dubioza Kolektiv is a Balkan outfit that melds ska/reggae/punk/electronic and hip hop with Balkan flavours and whip-smart songs, often politically driven.

Fierce advocates of free speech, the band's latest-release album Happy Machine covers topics such as the jailing of the founders of The Pirate Bay and the current Syrian refugee crisis and Europe's response to it.

The subject matter may be typically confrontational and challenging, but the music is, as always, as catchy as hell.

More kindred spirits in the music world have jumped on board, with guest appearances from Manu Chao, Benji Webbe from Skindred, Punjabi singer BEE2, Catalan ska-rumba band La Pegatina and trumpet player Dzambo Agusev from Macedonia. Songs are in English, Spanish and Punjabi.

The band is heading to Australia for the first time and will be performing at the Woodford Folk Festival.

The music needs no translation, though. It's wild, frenetic and fabulous.

And you can download the album for free at the band's website: www.dubioza.org

DUBIOZA Kolektiv plays Woodford Folk Festival on Thursday, December 28, and Friday, December 29. Visit https://woodfordfolkfestival.com

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