It’s Shantel meets The Specials – a euphoric, biting satire on politics and Europe’s obsession with immigration, by Oi Va Voi founder and hit songwriter Lemez Lovas (‘Refugee’, ‘Yesterdays Mistakes’) and Ukrainian music king Yuriy Gurzhy from Berlin party kings Rotfront (signed to Shantel’s Essay label).
‘A Day In The Life’ tells the story of one uber-immigrant’s journey from his humble village (shtetl) towards his dream of fabulous wealth and opportunity in the mythical European Union.
Expect the soulful Eastern European melodies and pop choruses that gave Oi Va Voi their sound, plus the heavy dancefloor ska beat that have made Rotfront one of the most in-demand live bands around.
The lyrics bite hard, with songs that take on Russian bride agencies (A Modern Matchmaker), marrying for documents (‘Schengen Visa Wedding’), illicit, underage love (‘Um Bye Bye’) and the traumas of getting rich quick (‘If I Wasn’t Such A Poor Man’).
The smash live shows are performed by an allstar UK/Ukrainian/German/Italian/Israeli band, including Brixton dub maestro Andrea Terrano (Twinkle, Mad Professor, the Good, The Bad & The Dub), in-demand soul vocalist Maiya James (Mark De Clive Lowe, Phil Asher, Kyoto Jazz Massive), keyboard whiz Toby Knowles (Left With Pictures), punk country bassman Paul Tkachenko (Hey Negrita) and funky New Orleans drummer Roy Pfeffer.
Produced by Lemez and studio partner Yaniv Fridel, the album features special guests slots from artists including:
- Ben Mandelson (Les Triaboliques, 3 Mustaphas 3)
- Uri Kinrot (Boom Pam, Balkan Beat Box)
- Karolina (Habanot Neshama, Kutiman)
- Alik Kopyt (Amsterdam Klezmer Band)
- Noam Inbar (HaBiluim)
- Asaf Talmudi (Oy Division)
Dance, laugh and waving those burning documents in the air – Shtetl Superstars is a satirical dancefloor rocket.