In the history of RotFront, Cologne was one of the first cities to welcome us and make the Emigrantski Raggamuffin Kollektiv feel at home. Every night with our Kompott-friends is a highlight, and we already know, the one on September, 6th won't be an exception. We're planning to perform some songs we've never played in Cologne yet ....and also some of "greatest hits".... and we might end up all together in the shower as on the photo below (shot by magnificent Dmitry Shakhin some 10 years ago!) If you happen to be in Cologne on that day, you're invited to join us......not in the shower though (and there's a link to the Facebook event in the first comment below this post)
As you might know, our next Berlin date is December 6th. After finishing the Emigrantski Raggamuffin 10th Anniversary Tour we are eager to perform our new material for you, as well as the tunes we didn't have a chance to play at our Berlin show last April. Get your ticket now at https://rotfront.tickets.de/en/tour/1001897-rotfront_inna_gastarbeiter_style_
Five years ago this week our 3rd album „17 Deutsche Tänze“ was released. As we re-invented ourselves as a German band, the followers of Beethoven, Wagner, Boney M and Dschinghis Khan, not everyone got the joke... Today, we still enjoy performing some of those „17 German Dances“ live, and will surely include a couple of them in the setlist for 2nd night in Budapest on May 4th.... And her you can see one of the early drafts of the album cover. Should we use it for the re-issue...one day?
Thrilled to announce: on April 13th at our Berlin show we are about to have a very special guest, the original "Emigrantski Raggamuffin" drummer, the one and only Jan Stix Pfennig / Stixonspeed, ladies and gentlemen!.. **** The Dj-Drummer STIXONSPEED formed in summer 2017 and started doing street-music gigs in Berlin. After playing an after-show party at the REVOLTES Festival in September 2017 the band Irie Revoltes engaged STIXONSPEED as support act for their big Germany Tour. In 2018 Stixonspeed started his first Festival Season playing his 90 min Live-set on Festivals and Drum&Bass Parties in Germany, Switzerland, France and Austria. Now in the beginning of 2019 STIXONSPEED released his Debut Single “At the End of the Tunnel”. www.stixonspeed.com instagram/stixonspeed facebook/stixonspeedberlin
10 years of Emigrantski Raggamuffin Tour Diary, Day 3-4 Wiesbaden - Berlin - Hamburg Exploring new places is surely fun, but returning to the familiar ones can be great, too! In Schlachthof Wiesbaden we enjoyed our transgenerational crowd at its best, our youngest guest was probably 3, and close to her a couple of guys who could be her grandparents. On Friday, three traffic jams and eight hours later we are back in Berlin to enjoy a day (well, actually, a night) off at home. **** How come we hadn’t played Hamburg until 2011?! Oh well, actually that’s not 100% accurate. We did have a “gig” in Hamburg, even before “Emigrantski Raggamuffin” came out. Probably around 2008. RotFront was invited to perform “Red Mercedes” on some TV show, so we drove from Berlin in the very early morning, feeling very excited. We arrived at 9 am, sober as newborn babies and looking our best, set up our drumkit and the amps, went through the soundcheck…. but then that idiot of a manager came in, looking somewhat confused, and asked where Wladimir Kaminer was. Being absolutely sure Wladimir (who is a bestselling German writer and a dear friend of ours, for those who don’t know) is the singer of the band, he was furious to find out he was mistaken, so he kicked us out of the studio. (Yes, this is a story of how an emigrantski raggamuffin kollektiv with their weird music and no star frontman lost the only chance to become German TV stars!) …. we had to wait for another couple of years to come to Hamburg again. But then it was love, well, at second sight. It still is! We keep coming back, though in our happy and harmonic relationship with this city one level has been missing so far. We haven’t had an opportunity to play “Emigrantski Raggamuffin” here when it came out, 2009. So today, after 10 years, we are about to close that circle, finally! Hope you’ll be with us for that truly historical event! (photo by Dmitry Shakhin)
From Yuriy 's tour diary: "...on my way to Bielefeld with RotFront. If you don't live in Germany, try mentioning Bielefeld to your German friend. I bet his reply would be "Bielefeld? But you know it doesn't exist, don't you?.......... HAHAHA!" That's a German joke known as Bielefeld Conspiracy. It's 26 years old and, if you ask me, still not funny today as much as it was in 1993. But well, who am I to judge? What we are about to serve our crowd tonight and on two more nights this week isn't the hottest item either, as we are currently touring with an album that was released 10 years ago. But at least it's an anniversary!... We tried it out last Saturday in Waiblingen and it was much fun (and it looked just like on the picture below, made by the talented Carmen Sue Maurer, https://www.facebook.com/carmensuemaurer). So if tonight you happen to be in Bielefeld that doesn’t exist (hahaha!), come to Forum around 8 PM and say hello. If you are in Wiesbaden (that DOES exist!.... how’s that for a joke?), you may do the same tomorrow. And Hamburg, what about Hamburg, you might ask? Well, your lucky day is Saturday, March 23rd then! Emigrantski Raggamuffin in the house!"
Yuriy announcing the "Emigrantski Raggamuffin 10th Anniversary Tour": I remember meeting Simon at the bar of the Kaffee Burger as if it was yesterday. But it turns out it wasn't yesterday. Actually it wasn't even the day before yesterday. Our first baby, "Emigrantski Raggamuffin", was released 10 years ago..... and we are about to play some birthday parties in the coming weeks. Bringing the spirit of Kaffee Burger'2009 to your town, so to say. Conquering YOUR city inna gastarbeiter style. Of course you are all invited, we hope you can make it!... Spread the word, put on your dancing shoes and.... join the party! (the links to the Facebook events are in the comment section below)
On this special day I’m very glad to announce that we invented our very own time machine, and if you’ve always dreamed to travel in time with RotFront - Emigrantski Raggamuffin Kollektiv, finally you have a chance! Having said that, it’d be fair to warn all potential time travelers that so far we offer trips to only one destination, 2009, the year we recorded and released our first album, “Emigrantski Raggamuffin”. In order to participate, you’ll have to join one of the shows of our anniversary tour in the coming weeks. Our plan is to perform the whole album live, all the 18 tracks in their original order. We start on Saturday, March 16th, in Waiblingen (find the event link below). Let’s re-live this time together! (photo by Carsten Tees)
We took the Baikal Train to Leipzig last Saturday....Thank you everyone who made it to the sold-out show at the UT Connewitz! See some pictures from that night here: http://www.baikaltrain.com/de/galerie7400/