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The Balkan and East European band



Behind The Scenes

They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this World Music Band. Composed of a group of inspirational musicians and skillful performers, the artists behind Paprika have earned their reputation as a talented band to look out for.

Throughout the course of their musical union, the members of Paprika have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. Performing at a variety of venues and making countless public appearances all the while recording new song versions, this talented World Music Band has earned the admiration and affection of critics and fans alike.

Paprika is the UK's leading Balkan band whose line-up consists of two accordions, violin, guitar, bass guitar, and percussion. This electrifying group fuses together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity. Fiery melodies and foot-tapping rhythms are interspersed with lilting laments in high-energy sets from this exciting group. Specialising in bringing rare or lost traditional Balkan music back to life, both the curious listener and the well-versed aficionado are sure to enjoy a host of surprises and fast-paced entertainment.

The band released their eponymous album in 2011 and their second album "Wild, Wild East" in 2019. Paprika performed all over the world, from New Zealand to Japan, including Womad and Glastonbury festivals and prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

"Paprika, a Balkan band that hyperventilates their tunes at an extremely vigorous pace, filled with extreme virtuosity, and unusually guitar-orientated.", Martin Longley, All About Jazz

"Paprika brought explosively charged Balkan sounds to the Ecotricity stage", The Swindonian Editor

"A must see!", Cerys Matthews, BBC presenter

Miloš Milivojević - accordion
Živorad Nikolić - accordion
Vladimir Štrkalj - guitar
Rastko Rašić - drums
Marko Tešić - violin
Peter Bakaja - bass

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Some of our performances in the past include:

  • ​Holford, Somerset, UK

  • Porlock Village Hall, Nr Minehead, Somerset

  • North Cadbury, Nr Yeovil, Somerset

  • Balkans Music Festival, Hammersmith Apollo (w/ Goran Bregovic and Emir Kusturica)

  • Cheltenham Festival

  • London Jazz Festival

  • Royal Albert Hall

  • Southbank Centre

  • The Good Life Festival

  • BBC, Global Beats

  • WOMAD Festivals

  • Bradford Mela

  • Songlines Festival, King's Palace, London

  • East Finchely Arts Festival

  • Buxton Festival

  • Glastonbury

  • Ulverston Festival

  • Canterbury Festival

  • Holt Festival

  • Oundle Festival

  • Tenby Arts Festval, Wales

  • Deal Festival

  • Latitude

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