Horns. If you can’t hear them, you’re not paying attention. And I don’t mean the polite horn section of some soft soul hit. I’m talking big brash in-your-face horns marching down your street to take your lawn ornaments hostage. This weekend Seattle will be full of such windbag miscreants (and I mean that in the nicest way) as HonkFest West (http://honkfestwest.com/) returns. Spin The Globe celebrates their seasonal migration — think Canada geese with megaphones and drum sections — with its own blast of global brass, from Bollywood to Brazilian to Balkan to New Orleans, and wherever else great global brass music is made. Can you handle it?
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Mahala Rai Banda – Kolo Baro – Ghetto Blasters
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Alyo – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Gangbe Brass Band – Tagbavo – Togbe
Dejan Petrović – El Chumbachero – Bands Play Serbian & World Music Hits
Bollywood Brass Band – Ramta Jogi – Rahmania
Boom Pam – Bulgarock – Alakazam
Samy El Bably – Asrar El Ein – Sahara Groove
Pitsicato Brass Band – Balkan Kan Muvi – Pitsicato Brass Band
The Haggis Horns – The Traveller Part One – Hot Damn!
The Sway Machinery w/ Khaira Arby – Skin to Skin – House of Friendly Ghosts Vol. 1
Tubaluba – St. James Infirmary – advance single
March Fourth Marching Band – Ah Ya Bibi – March Fourth Marching Band
Fanfare Vagabontu – Bubamara – Rabbids Go Home (OST)
Schael Sick Brass Band – Kostadin – Kesh Mesh
Jambalaya Brass Band – Jambalaya Got Fire – It’s A Jungle Out There
Balkan Beat Box – Sunday Arak feat. Dana Leong – Balkan Beat Box
Va Fan Fahre – Ethiopian Gypsy – Zet Je Maar
Boban Markovic Orkestar feat. Marko Markovic – The Train – The Promise
Haïdouti Orkestar – Pesma – Tek Tek
Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra – Basalaja feat. Marko Markovic – I Lumia Mo Kher
The Haggis Horns – The Traveller Part Two – Hot Damn!
Skatalites – Freedom Sounds – From Paris With Love
Femi Kuti – Fight To Win feat. Jaguar Wright – Fight to Win
Samite – Nalubale – Embalassa