The septet Ssassa offers swirling orgiastic dance tunes from Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Kurdistan, and other Middle Eastern countries and from Algeria, home of the Northafrican Afrikaya and Xoraxane gypsies. Hopping over to Spain we get the wonderful treasure the moors left behind in 1492, the Flamenco and its cante, toque, baile, jaleo, palmas y pitos (singing, guitar playing, dance, vocalizations and chorus clapping, hand clapping and finger snapping). With their ingenuity, Ssassa has successfully integrated Western European instrumentalizations and in doing so the group has achieved a fiery combustion, courtesy of the clash of East and West. This extremely animated band’s work is performed with great skill only matched by their passion on a wide array of instruments like the oud (Arabic lute), clarinet, sax, flamenco guitar and flamenco vocalizations, gajda (bagpipe), percussion (darabuka, kavul), keyboard and not least, the melodious human voice and look out for the gypsy dancers! Offstage, all guys and dolls are invited to kick off their heels and show off their skill with jiggling hips.
Ssassa is Christian Fotsch, Denis Zekirov, Franziska Heusser, Kadir Erdogan, Orhan Ajvazovic, Miguel Sotelo Gallego and Aleksandar Stamenkovski, visually complemented by the sensual oriental dance moves by Assala Ibrahim, Maryam Ribordy and Ophelia Abdel-Ra-zik. Their latest album is «Romano Kazani» (for «Melting pot») and it features 12 of their own composition plus 2 traditional interpretations. The 61 minutes dance heavy gypsy opus is an astonishing musical amalgam sprung from many different Romani cultures, at times sounding 3 different languages within the same song! Temperamental, exotic and sensual, it’s an experience way out of the world you’re accustomed to - ssimply ssenssational.
Ssassa live at El Lokal. For the love of the world and its music.