Balkan, gypsy, jazz and flamenco with loads of swagger!
“Be sure to catch them live, and bring your dancing shoes” Songlines
The Magic Tombolinos, fronted by the charismatic Argentine Alejandro Toledo, seem to have come from out of nowhere, not only storming the world music scene, but bursting its banks in the process... Triumphant performances at festivals across Europe, including raucous showings at WOMAD and Larmer Tree in the UK, are amongst the year’s highlights. With members hailing from Italy, Portugal and Costa Rica (in addition to Argentina), the group have woven together a cohesive, lithe and exuberant sound, despite their varied musical backgrounds. Elements of Balkan, gypsy, jazz and flamenco music (all performed with an assured swagger), coupled with their energetic live shows, have invited comparisons to bands such as Gogol Bordello, Mano Negra (Manu Chao), Rodrigo y Gabriela and Fanfare Ciocarlia.