The Beats of Balkan Beat Box

If only politics sounded like this.


Tomer Yosef of Balkan Beat Box is an Israeli punk rocker who sings the Levante as he hears it: as a frenetic and happy mix of made of klezmer, Roma, and Arab sounds, spiced with dub and reggae. This is the joy of brassy Sunday afternoons; full skirts and full futures. Of excess as a source of joy.

On stage, Yosef is the bright-eyed, bronze musical director of a pre-electronic Eden, screeching in an ecstatic symphony of minor-toned screams.

Prime Minister of his own sonic homeland…

What if the leaders of the Middle East could remember themselves like Yosef does? Cuz those are some great beats, those Balkan beats.