1, 2, 3, …, 13 – it’s Dikanda – Ederlezi.
Dikanda are a Polish group who play gypsy music; they are from Szczecin in the north of Poland. I was introduced to Dikanda by my friend Robert who I did some work with a few years ago – Robert hails from a small town very close to Szczecin. Dikanda are very popular on the folk scene in Poland, Germany and around Europe and have recently toured the USA.
It is quite serendipitous that my Lucky Thirteen CD of the week was of gypsy music, as last weekend I went to the London Gypsy Orchestra’s concert at the Union Chapel. As you may well know, my daughter plays in the Orchestra and this was her last concert prior to taking a year’s sabbatical to do some volunteering in Mali and then travel to far flung places. She is under strict instructions to fulfil her daughterly obligations and send back Malian / Farflungian CDs, so watch out for those being posted here!
So, before posting this week’s track, I would encourage you to support the London Gypsy Orchestra – go to the gigs – they are great fun, buy the CD, become a “Friend” etc. And look out for Dinkanda. I don’t think they have played live in the UK – but they really should. The CDs are available and of course you can download the tracks from many sources.