This week on Balkan Express: more hip-hop. Specifically, Serbian hip-hop, in the form of Beogradski sindikat, or The Belgrade Syndicate, an eleven-member collective which – for the most part – takes no prisoners.
Formed in 1999, during the terminal stage of the Milošević regime, The Belgrade Syndicate have released four albums and numerous singles. Individual crew members, however, released more than a dozen albums under their own names.
The crew are most famous for and appreciated are their songs with strong rhymes and good music that accompanies them. The issues they raise in their songs are deep and difficult: globalism, economy, politics, crime, drug addiction, and the general state Serbia is in.
One of their brightest moments came in 2001. Then, The Belgrade Syndicate performed as a warm-up act for their musical role models – the American rap group Public Enemy.
Several members of the group write columns for a couple of our daily newspapers and magazines. In short, they are active citizens who take their civics seriously. However, what the Belgrade Syndicate are most famous for are their songs with strong rhymes and good music that accompanies them.
Look them up on Spotify, Youtube or wherever you get your music from.
Balkan Express takes weekly trips into contemporary musical production of, you guessed it, the Balkans. Forget the gusle and tamburice, this show is about rock, pop and a sense of humour. Well, at least there’s guitars. On air most Tuesdays in a new-and-improved time-slot at 1100 hrs. Usually. Your train conductor is Aljaž (aka @pengovsky) who once did the world a solid and decided never to sign again in public. Which is why he ended up doing radio.
TuesdaysWith : Aljaž Every Tuesday at 10.00
Balkan Express takes weekly trips into contemporary musical production of the Balkans.