Hailing from the slums and ghettos of Auckland, New Zealand (the Prague of the South), The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band is a highly theatrical musical group specialising in music of Eastern European, Gypsy and Jewish flavour, along with some Western European influences. With music ranging from old to new, originals to standards, vocal to instrumental; they are remarkable in their ability to get everyone up and dancing, regardless of age, musical taste, or level of drunkenness. Benka's globetrotting voice sings in a wide variety of languages, with lyrics in Russian, Greek, Serbian, Romani, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, English and more. If references are necessary, they sound like Tom Waits, Shane McGowan and Franz Kafka drunk too much vodka and thought they were in 1950's Yugoslavia.
In 2010, The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band will be touring NZ, Australia, USA and Europe to promote their debut album, Polkapocalypse.
“Emanating seemingly unlimited passion and desire, the group’s charm is also rooted in their playfulness…”
“Benka Bordadovsky Bordello Band capture a Jewish, Gypsy feel with breathtaking effectiveness.”
“It’s really good fun and the stop/start carnival atmosphere is infectious…”
“Frenetic and bawdy, the eclectic BBBB have a gypsy/klezmer/Eastern European-thing going on that is very addictive and slightly unhinged.”
“It makes you want to kick up your heels and dance like a Cossack…”
“Knees-up dance music…”
“Theatrical, rebellious and fun party music…”