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after suffering to release this album in physical form somehow, and trying out various croatia & balkan labels, in the end we opted to release an album as a free download on a web page of South-Eastern Europe's biggest music festival, EXIT festival. The sole album can be downloaded at this link (hi quality download, 320kbps) :http://www.exitmusic.tv/download/144380/1/dl/q
Irie FM is without a doubt the best roots band in Balkan area, playing all of their tunes in 'showcase' style(vocal plus dub, joined together & dubbed in one piece song). A 10 piece band with full brass section gives you authentic roots vibration that follows the tradition of Steel Pulse on one hand and Midnite on another. Worth giving a listen most definitely! The band would enter the studio again in Semptember 2011, and hopefully with new material & promotion that would EXIT do until then, we would be able to find a proper record company interested in releasing this beautiful music!
"Irie is a state of consciousness to be reached, a positive everyday life that has purpose." -says Vukasin Markovic, a former member of cult band Eyesburn, today's leader and songwriter of Belgrade's finest roots reggae band, IrieFM, and this is an idea that has gathered ten great musicians.
IrieFM began playing traditional Roots Reggae with a lot of jazzy brass moments. As the band matured, their music has taken a lot of dub, soul, and "Punky Reggae" sensibility.
In 2006 then merely students, they were asked to open the concert prior to Capleton's gig, and directly after which the they got invited to Del Arno's band D.A.B.-ing studio in which, after two years of maturation, occurs "Skills of Youths" album. Career of ten-piece band continues by going to India and signing releases for World Music label and the whole market of the eastern subcontinent, along with artists such as Sade, Richard Bona and John McLaughlin. Once back from the east, IrieFM was invited for numerous concerts all over Serbia and the region. The band performed at Exit four times in a row, while the list is further improved by series of concerts at festivals like Trenchtown, Supernatural, BELEF, Demofest, Jelen Pivo Live, Days of Belgrade, and in May 2010, they were the opening act for famous Thievery Corporation at their concert in Belgrade.
Exit Label, IrieFM & Balkan's Hi Fi/Balkanfarraj gives you the online edition of the album Skills of Youths.
The vocalist of the band has been recorded on some of our(Balkan's Hi Fi) riddims and that is going to be released in time to come. You have some dubplates by him under name Zamfiron our soundcloud page worth checking, just mind that these are still in demo version, and yet need to be mixed properly.
For all info about booking Irie FM, or recording Zamfir, please do not hesitate to contact us at balkanshifi (et) gmail (dot) com .