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MAIN­STREAM au­di­ences were ex­posed to a brief blast of Ro­ma­nian ensem­ble Fan­fare Cio­car­lia’s ir­re­press­ible brand of brass- band mu­sic in the block­buster Bo­rat , which fea­tured their cover of Born to Be Wild . Step­pen­wolf’s sta­ple, the sign- off track on Queens and Kings , their fifth and most ad­ven­tur­ous album, could stand as a slo­gan for the col­lec­tive’s 12 gypsy mu­si­cians and their spe­cial guests. The album is not only an elo­quent trib­ute to the vi­sion of the band’s pa­tri­arch, who died last year, but it’s also tes­ta­ment to the gen­eral ex­cel­lence of Ro­many mu­sic. A galaxy of stars across the Euro­pean di­as­pora has bonded with Fan­fare Cio­car­lia to cre­ate the most vi­va­cious cel­e­bra­tion of gypsy cul­ture since Latcho Drom. Vet­eran fe­male vo­cal­ists such as Hun­gar­ian Mit­sou, Mace­do­nian Esma Redzepova and Bos­nian Ljil­jana But­ler, and the leg­endary Ser­bian Sa­ban Ba­jramovic and Bul­gar­ian Jony Iliev sing their hearts out on top of Fan­fare Cio­car­lia’s funky brass bed, aided and abet­ted by the gui­tars of French rumba band Kaloome and the ac­cor­dion and vi­o­lin of Ser­bian su­per­stars Kal. Queens and Kings Fan­fare Cio­car­lia As­phalt Tango/ Planet

Tony Hil­lier

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