**** The Guardian
Don Kipper are a multi-award winning sextet led by the formidable Greek-Serbian singer Dunja Botic. Propelled by a rhythm section featuring some of London’s jazz scene’s most innovative musicians they create an explosive and contemporary sound drawing from modern Romani music, bone-deep rural folk traditions and relentless rhythms from North and West Africa. As part of a generation of musicians with access to the world’s songbook, and rooted in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, their influences are rich and varied. They’re inspired by the music found on dusty Eastern European wax cylinders, pirate CDs from downtown Dakar, and shaky handheld videos of the rawest wedding music from across the Mediterranean and the Caspian Sea.
Within the ensemble Don Kipper have a range of musical roots and routes. From childhood obsessions with Klezmer, to song collecting around the Mediterranean, and cutting edge Jazz jam sessions in South London, they each bring their diverse histories and passions to the new sounds they are establishing. Some members are formally trained, while others play entirely by ear, or learnt their songs from Greek grandmothers. This is a band that draws on both ancient traditions and the modern, migrant cultures of the city they call home. They love traditional musics, but they’re not traditionalists.
Since 2013, we have performed as the BBC Introducing act at WOMAD released our First and Second albums, been featured on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC World Service, played two European Tours, and won the titles of both the Moshe Beregovski Award for best Klezmer Newcomers and World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands. They have also been nominated for Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2019.
“So tight it sounds like one divine entity is playing the band”
“Sure to send shivers down your spine”
“Unbridled musical passion & virtuosic mastery”
"The true sound of our capital"
**** The Evening Standard
"The sound of north-east London, indeed."
The Financial Times
“Urban grooves… guaranteed to detonate any club dance floor”
“Playing of the highest order”
“i heard my first klezmer band at about 3 in the morning, eating eggs, scrambled eggs with loads of garlic in a place called Sammy’s Romanian, a basement bar on the lower east side. … this band is called Don Kipper they do more than klezmer, they’re very good”
Iggy Pop, BBC Radio 6 Music