Balkan Beat Box Balkan Beat Box Balkan Beat Box members Ori Kaplan, Tamir Muskat and Tomer Yosef. (Publicity photo)

Even if you've never heard of this band, you probably know its music

Popular artists are sampling the Mediterranean-infused hip hop sound of Balkan Beat Box.

Balkan Beat Box has created its own style of music, infusing ancient traditions from the Mediterranean and Balkans with the modern favorites of hip hop, dancehall and dub step in the United States.

BBB co-founders Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat met in Brooklyn as teenagers. Both had grown up playing instruments: Kaplan had been a klezmer clarinetist, while Muskat was a drummer in a punk rock band. In 2006, Tel Aviv musician Tomer Yosef joined the band as frontman. All three were born in Israel, and, as children, believed that traditional music was outdated and did not adequately reflect their experiences of the growing world culture. Their goal is to bring new relevance to these older musical forms with new references.

And now famous artists are enjoying a slice of BBB's successful recipe. While Balkan Beat Box is gaining an international name of its own, the band has been asked to produce songs for well-known musicians, including Jason Derulo. BBB helped co-write his worldwide hit "Talk Dirty." The song, with its addictive klezmer sax sample, has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for more than 25 weeks. Derulo says he knew he wanted to work with Balkan Beat Box as soon as he heard their addictive tune "Hermetico."

Hip Hop rapper Mac Miller has also sampled BBB’s popular song “Bulgarian Chicks” in his song "Goosebumpz."

Find out more about the band's upcoming shows across Europe and the United States.


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