New Zealand's favourite 9-piece Balkan Brass band are back! This time at Moon bar in Newtown.
2022 has served us many disruptions with pandemics to contend with but we are back and ready to party with you!
Niko Ne Zna are an NZ world music institution with over 10 years of festivals performances around NZ and Aus.
Combining driving rhythms, melodic brass and beautifully alluring vocals, Niko Ne Zna creates unforgettable moments for their audiences. The 9-piece band have firmly cemented themselves as one of New Zealand's premiere and sought-after world music groups, complete with wonderfully hypnotic melodies and cerebral rhythms that draw from the Balkan region.
Based in New Zealand’s creative and cultural capital of Wellington, all nine members are formidable instrumentalists and composers in their own right. Their current lineup consists of two trumpets, soprano saxophone, bass and tenor trombones, sousaphone, balkan bass drum (tapan) and snare drum, an exotic cocktail of instrumentation and musicianship that creates an atmosphere and vibe like no other. To top it off, their vocalist/percussionist Nikkie Rich sings in multiple languages, including Serbo-Croatian, Romani, Macedonian, Greek and English.
The last performance at Moon is was sold out and was an unforgettable party so make sure to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
It’s easy to forget where you are when you listen to these hypnotic melodies. It’s like being dropped amongst the hot and spicy lands of a country far away - to a place where you can free yourself with these infectious and wild beats that take their influence from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States.”
“The group's jaunty carnival-style sound translates surprisingly well to disc, with trombone, sousaphone, sax and trumpet all vying for attention as the songs spiral riotously outward from a core riff before being reined back in again.”
— Otago Daily Times
“Gypsy good times…”
— Rip It Up Magazine
“… this is straight to the dancefloor”
“Driving rhythms an intoxicating effect”
— Taranaki Daily News