Dubioza Kolektiv



In 2003 a group of friends from Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to form a band. But this was no ordinary band, and they did not form under ordinary circumstances. Along with local Balkan flavors, musical influences came from all over the world: ska, punk, reggae, electronic, hiphop. Yet, there was no music industry, no space for cultural or political expression among the new crop of plugged in youth. In fact, the entire region was reeling from deep moral and economic stagnation. It was from this environment that DUBIOZA KOLEKTIV was born, and not quietly, but kicking and screaming, presenting no-go topics front and center, and demanding to be heard. Release of Dubioza Kolektiv (2004), Open Wide (2004), Dubnamite (2006), Firma Ilegal (2008), 5 to 12 (2010), Wild, Wild East, (2011) and Apsurdistan (2013) made the band one of the most popular live outfits in Eastern Europe. Their latest album Happy Machine (2016) is perhaps their most provocative album to date, with guest appearances by Manu Chao and Benji Webbe from Skindred among others. As always, the subject matter might be confrontational and challenging, but the music is always catchy as hell. Dubioza Kolektiv take on traditional musical forms with their unique perspective, shaped by a war that changed their lives forever, and delivered with a level of positivity that hits you like a blast of fresh air.

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