Niko Ne Zna – Babushka’s Balkan Banquet

The Wellington, New Zealand based 9 piece Balkan flavoured world music band Niko Ne Zna, who sprung to international notoriety with three featured tracks in the film ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, are very excited to announce their vinyl release ‘Babushka’s Balkan Banquet’.

With a history going back almost 10 years they are a staple of the New Zealand festival circuit. A hot and spicy taste of the old countries right here in the capital of New Zealand. Frequently selling out high octane shows at home and more recently in Australia. Playing captivating original music as well as classic songs from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States, Niko Ne Zna’s hypnotic melodies and wild infectious rhythms will set even the most rhythmically challenged moving and grooving! They are very excited to present their latest album for a very limited run vinyl release.

Frankie Curac, founding member and bandleader for Niko Ne Zna, is a first generation New Zealander of Croatian and Ukrainian parentage. Frankie grew up eating Eastern European cuisine and he swears that his grandmother Larissa makes the best Borscht soup in the Southern Hemisphere!

It’s so good that Frankie was inspired to write a high energy party song called ‘Babushka’s Borscht’ which translates from Russian to “Grandma’s Borscht Soup”. He very proud of the work he and the band have putting in writing these original compositions which comprise the band’s second studio album and first to be released on vinyl.