The British Council and EXIT Festival have teamed up to bring Ghostpoet and 12 Balkan musicians together to produce an interactive music video platform which will allow users to create their own unique, shareable mix.
Ghostpoet travelled through eight Balkan cities – Banja Luka, Belgrade, Budva, Novi Sad, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje and Tirana - in search of established and emerging artists to collaborate with. During the tour, Ghostpoet recorded samples with twelve local musicians and filmed footage showing the progressive talent, richness and diversity of the region. Users of the platform will now be able to mix these pre-recorded samples to create their own individual mix, which can be downloaded or shared online.
Each of the twelve artists taking part in Mix the City tells stories of the Balkans through their music: its cities, people and culture. The musicians featured on the platform are: Saša Kukolj from the band Shizomantra (in Banja Luka), Hornsman Coyote (in Belgrade), Harmonija Choir and Verica Čuljković (in Budva), Slobodan Trkulja (in Novi Sad), Liburn Jupolli and Florin Fanaj (in Pristina), Jusuf Brkić (in Sarajevo), Vera Miloshevska from the band Luboyna and Blagojce Penov from String Forces (in Skopje) and Fatos Qerimaj and Bledi Boraku (in Tirana).
The platform will launch globally on 7 July, the first day of EXIT Festival at www.mixthecity.com
Ghostpoet says “I realised that despite of the language barrier, or having never met these musicians before, we all think the same, we all want to make good music and be creative, so this was really an eye-opening experience from the beginning.”
“I decided to join this project because it enables us to connect the music from different parts of the Balkans. It is a unique opportunity to present our instruments and unite their sound,” said musician Jusuf Brkić, who recorded his Sarajevo sample on saz, a local stringed musical instrument.
Following the great successes of ‘Mix the City’ in Tel Aviv and Istanbul, ‘Mix the City – the Balkans’ is produced by the British Council and EXIT Festival. The project is realised in collaboration with British creative agencies Flying Object and Roll Studio.