“ Genre: Pop / Artist: Kriwi / Audio CD released 2004-02-19 at Orange World „
I first got to hear Kriwi when I bought an LP that was distributed by their record label Orange World, the Gdansk based label focuses on world music and sent me a leaflet with some of their much-prized releases. I decided to give Kriwi a swirl. Belarus may seem an unlikely origin for a good CD but they actually have quite a wide range of decent artists with strong reggae, hardcore and folk bands in particular. Many of the folk bands tend to fuse it with more modern music but one of the old school types is "Kriwi"
Behind the band is singer and guitarist Veronika Kruhlova, once crowned Belarus' rock queen two years in a row, she now puts much of her effort in to this project which has an ever changing line-up. A lot of Belarussian folk music wasn't allowed in the past and has therefore been lost over the decades, much like the Warsaw Village Band, this band make an effort to discover the roots of their music.
They seemingly do it to perfection with awesome melodies, wonderful vocals and a range of European folk instruments from the hurdy gurdy through to domra and tabla, there's no longer the wealth of instrument players there once were and this may explain why the tabla player is Bangladeshi. Za Tumanam is a fine example of their work.
Although it's gentle and pleasing to the ears, I have to say I'm not a huge fan of clean folk music, particularly from Northern Europe, if you are however - this will likely be one of the most enjoyable albums you've listened to for years. I personally find the klezmer-like tracks on this album more enjoyable but it's extremely well-made and original sounding stuff.
2. Ishla Kaljada
5. Oi Dai Bozha
7. Svyakrou Kriwi
8. Klezmer Minsk
9. Ja Skakala, Ya Plyasala
10. Za Tumanam
11. Svyaty Vyetcher
12. Na Turetzkih Palyah
13. U Tsyabe, U Myane
14. A U Sadze Rozsa