Divanhana: Zukva: Sevdah from Bosnia’s Finest (ARC, 2016)
This is the kind of band that can play in the dark with one hand and it will sound great. They have crazy playing skills. The female singer has a strong and beautiful voice — she does none of the annoying things a bad singer can do.
The only reason this record is not in the best of year section is that after the first three songs it slows down. I wanted it to be smoking all the way through. I’ve clipped two of the first three tunes below so you get a sense of what these guys can do when they put the pedal to the metal.
The instrumentation is vocal, piano, accordion, bass guitar, drums, and percussion. I hear some tuba, nylon string guitar and clarinet in some of the tunes so it’s not fixed. I dig the accordion player and the singer the most.