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Monooka’a Caravan at Sands Film Studios

Wednsday 8th of March 7:45pm

Award-winning Romanian singer Monooka has collaborated with artists, poets, actors and musicians across Europe including Taraf de Haidouks, She’Koyokh and with Roots Revival in Romania’s most prestigious concert halls and theatres. With Monooka’s Caravan she reinterprets traditional songs from the Carpathian mountains in collaboration with three British musicians specialising in Balkan music: fiddler Meg Hamilton, guitarist Matt Bacon and bassist Paul Moylan. Together they blend fiery Romanian folk and Gypsy songs with jazz, improvisation and refreshing spontaneity.

She’s a genuine talent!’ Romanian Cultural Institute, London.

The venue is a deliciously sumptuous sofa-filled home-crafted cinema like none other, housed in a beautiful building oozing the history both of the neighbourhood and of costume creation. Even the loos are like none other in London!! Uniquely again, a ticket entitles you to free tea/coffee. Stronger stuff is available at the riverside Mayflower Pub, only a few cobble stones away. Sands Films is an inspiring intimate place to hear fabulous music.

Monooka & She’koyokh in concert

Monday 21st November 7:30pm

Balkan Voices with special guests
Angelina Kasabova vocals (Bulgaria) and
Monooka vocals/puppetry (Romania)
Josh Middleton piano accordion

Lead vocalist Çiğdem Aslan (Turkey), is joined by special guest singers from Romania and Bulgaria, displaying their expertise and virtuosic skills in a wealth of regional and national styles that include polyphonic Bulgarian singing from the heart of the Balkan mountains, a dramatic Ottoman dance in a 9/8 rhythm known as the father ‘Rom’, a Sevdah song from the former Yugoslavia entitled ‘My Pigeon’ and spirited songs from the villages of Transylvania. Melancholic, heart-warming, uplifting and ecstatically danceable music, leaving more than a hint of brandy in the air.

She’koyokh’s members hail from the UK, USA, Serbia, Sweden and Turkey, forging a unique sound that is traditional yet original. Their live shows are an expertly crafted, multi-lingual exploration from the Baltic to the Black Sea with klezmer instrumentals and folk tunes from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. She’koyokh perform in the famous concert halls and festivals of Europe and we welcome them warmly back to Wimbledon Festival.

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In Summer 2016 Monooka and Taraf de Haidouks met in the countryside of Transylvania where they played fiery gypsy Romanian music.


July 2016 Monooka was invited to work with young violinists Freiburg, Germany coordinated their teacher Katharina Hussain Miltz. Together they preformed Romanian music in the local festival hall.


Reinterpretation of Maria Tanase’s tune “Trei Focuri ”
Live at Sala Radio, Oct 12th 2014

Percussion/Vocals: Aleix Tobias Sabater (Spain)
Double bass: Leila Renault (France)
Oud: Mehmet Polat (Turkey)
Vocals: Monooka (Romania)
Gadulka: Hristina Beleva (Bulgaria)
Duduk/Zurna: Emmanuel Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
Ney/Vocals: Mehdi Aminian (Iran)