Israeli band Balkan Beat Box took fifth place on Amazon’s list of the 100 best albums in the World Music category with “Blue eyed Black Boy.” The list was announced last month.
“Blue Eyed Black Boy,” has the songs “War Again” and “Move It” and is the band’s fourth album, issued in February 2010. The band comprises Tamir Muskat, Ori Kaplan and Tomer Yosef
The Irish band Celtic Woman topped the Amazon list with “Songs from the Heart,” followed by bass guitarist Jah Wobble, singer Chavela Vargas and Algerian rocker Rachid Taha.
Balkan Beat Box is followed by a record by Reggae singer Gyptian, the French electro-tango ensemble Gutan Project, Texan funk outfit Grupo Fantasma, African musician Salif Keita and an album of songs from the Broadway musical “Fela!” about Fela Kuti.
The groundbreaking Israeli group, which established its unique sound by fusing traditional Mediterranean and European music with hip-hop and dancehall beats, has become a leading world music ensemble since its inception eight years ago.
Appearing mostly in Israel and New York, the group’s concerts usually resemble a circus performance. They will appear on February 10 at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Center together with trance band Infected Mushroom to promote their new album.