Niko Ne Zna

Niko Ne Zna is a hot and spicy taste of the old countries right here in the capital. Playing music from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States, Niko Ne Znas hypnotic melodies and wild infectious rhythms will set even the most rhythmically challenged moving


Niko Ne Zna are New Zealands very own Balkan Gypsy brass extravaganza. With a history that goes back 7 years, this 8 piece band has evolved into a true Gypsy juggernaut stunning audiences everywhere they go with their thrillingly energetic and dynamic performances.
Theres even some more authentic Eastern-European blood in the band with percussionist Vlatko Materic joining bandleader Frankie Curac. After years of being instrumental, the addition of vocals when Nikkie Rich joined the band a couple of years ago took it to a whole new level and she sings in Serbo-Croatian, Roma Gypsy, Macedonian and Greek. The album consists of seven originals and three traditional songs that will take you across the Balkans with a kiwi flavor.
With the current lineup who all reside in Wellington NZ comprises of 2 trumpets, saxophone, vocals, accordion, bass and tenor trombones, sousaphone, percussion, Balkan bass drum and snare drum, Niko Ne Zna are a truly authentic ensemble. They can roam while playing, and enchant the audience into dancing, singing, clapping and stomping all night long.

The band consists of some of New Zealands finest instrumentalists who come from a wide array of musical backgrounds that unite together to produce a cocktail that will make your ears rise to attention and your feet move in a frenzy. Their music is high energy with dark undertones and sexy gypsy style. Niko Ne Zna are a world class act with exotic tunes, fantastic grooves and exciting solos.

They have done some very exciting performances this past year including 13 shows in September-October playing to up to 5000 people each evening opening for the World of Wearable Arts at the TSB Arena Wellington. Also Nelson Arts Festival and have just returned from playing at Splore Festival in 2014.

They also have three songs featuring on Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement's upcoming vampire mockumentry 'What We Do in The Shadows' which will be released this year.

Press Quotes
“Its easy to forget where you are when you listen to these hypnotic melodies. Its 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.”

“Niko Ne Zna serve up authentic and twisted gypsy goodness on this eponymous EP. Complete with sax, sousaphone, trumpet, trombone, accordion, percussion and drums, this is a band that came to party. Balkan time signatures, funky brass bass lines, exotic melodies, it's all good.” NZ Musician

“The group's jaunty carnival-style sound translates surprisingly well to disc, with trombone, sousaphone, sax and accordion all vying for attention as the songs spiral riotously outward from a core riff before being reined back in again.” Otago Daily Times

“Driving rhythms an intoxicating effect” Taranaki Daily News

“Gypsy good times…” Rit It Up Magazine

“ … this is straight to the dancefloor” Elsewhere

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