Year of release: 2011
Format: Album
Catalog number: WAM-026

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Gadjistan Zizany starts like dynamite with a Balkanesque-polka-boogaloo- ska celebration of saucepan banging protests in Catalan and Spanish. And continues with an unstoppable groove through the 15 songs composed by the 7 immigrant members of the Barcelona band.

There are tales of travel and lost lovers in Mexico, a cacophony of marimba players, pots and pans, mariachi melodies, kafka boogaloo, broken shoes, sirens, sailors, squatters, skallywags, old ladies breaking and entering, a Jung Freud, zubrovka romance, paranoia, punk gardeners, and pianos falling from the sky.

Gadjo’s fourth album is exuberant and eclectic, raucous and tender. An explosion of voice, horns, flute, clarinet, accordion, doublebass, guitar and percussion. The multiple styles of gadjo come together to forge the diverse but not disparate characteristic Gadjistan flavour. The Cumbias have been balkanized, the Skas whipped into boogaloos, swings kidnapped by drum and bass. Gadjo’s music has matured yet remains as refreshing, energetic and playful as ever, still with colours of their roots in acoustic street music but more jumping and having it than ever.


1 La Cacerolada (fem soroll) 4.26 -music/lyrics Emma Gawlinski
2 Cumbia Mi Lord 5.25 music/lyrics Jerry Dillon
3 Radio Gadjo 0.37 music/lyrics Paul Sessions
4 The Whole Enchilada 5.23 music Paul Sessions
5 Lili Leven 4.17 music/lyrics Xabi Eliçagary
6 Interlude 0.34 music Xabi Eliçagary
7 Paranoska 4.34 music/lyrics Xabi Eliçagary
8 Two Left Feet 4.39 music/lyrics Sam Watson
9 Vera Cruz 5.49 music/lyrics Xabi Eliçagary
10 Mar Adentro 5.54 music/lyrics Jerry Dillon
11 Broken Shoe 2.49 music Emma Gawlinski
12 Our Gaff 4.20 music/lyrics Fraggle
13 Charlotte 4.25 music/lyrics Fraggle
14 When Freud was jung 4.12 music George Arnold
15 Waiting 4.18 music/lyrics Xabi Eliçagary/gadjo
16 To the cows LIVE music/lyrics Fraggle

Vocals- Fraggle, Xabi Eliçagary, Sam Watson(8) Jerry Dillon (10)
Guitar and Tenor Banjo- Xabi Eliçagary
Accordeon- Fraggle
Spoons- Fraggle (14)
Melodica -Fraggle(8) Xabi (12)
Double Bass -George Arnold
Trumpet- Paul Sessions, George Arnold (11 and 14)
Bombardino - Paul Sessions (5), George Arnold (11)
Souzaphone/trombone- Paul Sessions
Flute/Tenor Sax/Saw - Emma Gawlinski
Clarinet/Alto sax - Sam Watson
Drums/tablas - Jerry Dillon

guest performers:

Timoteo Grignani- Darbuka (1)
François Viguie - Bongos (2 and 4) congas (9)
Charli- Tambor (2 and 4)
Giacomo Martini - Cheese Grater (2)
Reviews & Press
With a sound that has been described as “GipsyCumbia BalkanicSka WobbleySwing” Gadjo’s fourth album Gadjistan Zizany is exuberant and eclectic,  ...
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