years have passed since Slobo Horo's debut Mastika
(1992) and their second album Esma (1994). Finally,
the time has come: the band is back with their
third album Divane (Rockadillo Records, November
Their first record, Mastika, was released in Finland in 1992
and in the rest of Scandinavia, as well as Germany, Austria
and Switzerland in 1993. Export copies have later found their
way to the UK, the U.S.A., Japan and many other countries around
the world. In 1993 a remix CD single My Gipsy Beauty was released
together with an accompanying video. In 1993 Slobo Horo headlined
at Fiesta festival in Pärnu, Estonia, and in the band played
its first Continental shows in Amsterdam and at Musikfest am
Ring in Cologne. The feedback was so positive that Slobo Horo
was invited to play at the Worldwide Music Days in Berlin in
In 1994 Slobo Horo played Les Eurofolies festival in Paris
as well as the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. These shows were
also recordered for major national radio stations.
that, in 1995 Slobo Horo has toured in Finland and in Estonia,
joined in a tribute record of a Finnish humor-rock band Alivaltiosihteeri
with a song called "Avanturist" (a piece that has
already become a rarity).
major event in 1996 was a successful joint tour in Hungary
(Budapest-Miskolc-Sopron), with European world and fusion
groups. In Autumn 1996 Slobo Horo released a new song, "Rasta",
in a Finnish compilation record "Arctic Paradise"(Arctic
97). (The title has, by the way, nothing to do with the religion
of the Rastafaris. It is just a cut title word of the original
song title "Zaljubljeni, ostavljeni, rastavljeni"
('The lovers, the abandoned and the separated').)
was a year of touring in Finland and Estonia, followed by
a year (1998) of inner contemplation. The 12 years old band
1999, however, something happened. Slobo Horo participates
in a U.S. charity record "Balkans Without Borders"
along with the leading "Balkan/Oriental" groups.
By that time the band realizes that it can't rest forever.
The first session was just an unformal gathering with no special
perspectives in mind. But, as soon as the first sound was
in the air, it was clear that the moment was the actual rebirth
of the band. Finnish TV managed to penetrate into the rehearsal
of the group in April. The band made an electrifying come-back
concert at Viljandi Folk Music Festival, Estonia, in July,
followed by hailed concerts in its home town Tampere.
band has truly ended its period of contemplation and comes
again reborn, with unpreceded force. The unique Slobo Horo
sound is now more energetic, refined and mature than ever.
Risto: bass guitar, backing vocals
Timo: electric guitar
Jukka-Pekka: acoustic guitar
Jarkko: vocals, electric guitar, violin
Karo: drums, percussion
Mikko: clarinet, saxophone, backing vocals
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