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About Paprika

Fiery Balkan band based in London.
Balkan band
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Paprika unites traditional Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical Music. The band have toured extensively across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and have featured at WOMAD festivals in the UK, Spain, Canary Islands and Abu Dhabi. Highlights have included concerts at the Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and EXIT festival. The band is focusing on bringing rare and lost traditional Balkan music back to life. In 2012 the band appeared on BBC World on 3 and Radio 5 Live and was also featured in Channel 4's 'Come Dine With Me'. Highlights in 2013 include performances at the Kings Place London, Bradford Festival as well as at the Cheltenham Music Festival, where they were reviewed as one of the top 7 'Spine-tingling Music Festival moments': "Paprika – hot and fiery lived up to their name, giving us a whirlwind tour of the Balkan countries, each piece becoming a firm favourite before being superseded by the next. Toe-tappingly good, with the audience whooping and cheering from the first note." Cheltenham Festival 2013 "I've enjoyed their album-also called Paprika-for a while now, and often played tracks from it on my BBC 6 music radio show. But I still wasn't prepared for the energy and brilliance of their live show-if you see any gigs coming up I'd be sure to hot foot your way to the front row-these guys will never let you down- the effect they had on the great mix of Ladbroke Grove locals was a treat to see- they had everyone jumping with joy. A must see." Cerys Matthews

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Private event, Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Birthday party, Christmas party, Cruise, Theatre / Show, Recording session, Concert, New Year's Eve, Charity event, Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Church service, Burns night
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Paprika's Song list

medley 1: (ciganka sam mala; moja mala nema mane)
caje sukarije
svilen konac
niska banja
ne kuni me majko
ederlezi (djurdjevdan)
Serbian kolos (dancing)
traktorsko kolo
gypsy staccato
rumenka/ramino kolo
mitraljez kolo
Rumbas (dancing):
boban’s rumba
kustino oro
niski sa sa
moonlight (mesecina - goran bregovic)
medley 2: zajdi zajdi/ajde jano/jovano
tetovsko oro
zlestosko oro
bojanina igra
soborsko oro
deskovo oro
geamparale de la babadag
medley: ide momce/I was angry since I was little
hora martisorolui
rumunska igra
hora bucuresti
river - original composition
dilema - original composition
with a singer:
opa cupa
ciganka sam mala
sta ce mi zivot bez tebe dragi
zapevala sojka ptica
jutros mi je ruza procvetala
makedonsko devojce
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Musicality Virtuosity Danceability High Energy Joyful atmosphere

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Albert Hall Southbank Centre Hammersmith Apollo Kings Place and many more

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Taraf de Haidouks Ivo Papazov Goran Bregovic

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Hammersmith Apollo Balkan Festival along with Goran Bregovic and Emir Kusturica's No Smoking Orchestra

Do you have different line-up options?


What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We are flexible

How much time do you need to set up?

Up to one hour

Can you roam around while you perform?

We are usually limited because we are amplified and use cables.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?


Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Possibly, depending on a song

Paprika's Prices

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Up to 1 hour£2400
Up to 2 hours£2400
Up to 3 hours£2600
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Paprika's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Igor T
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent band

Kate R
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

An excellent band, they were great fun and really rocked our NYE house party. I am now looking to potentially book them for a Wedding next Summer.

From other customers:

10 years ago

They had everyone jumping with joy. A must see." Cerys Matthews