…and you thought Limpopo was simply a river in Africa… Limpopo is much more than rushin’ water.
These guys may be a Russian folk band, but these guys rock. It is impossible to not be moved to do something when you listen to these guys. Throw in a little bit of blues and more than a little bit of jazz, put it in the blender and sprinkle on some comedy and you have one of the most entertaining groups I’ve ever heard. I cannot overstate the impact you will feel if you listen to Limpopo.
I get the feeling that Limpopo is a band that plays for each other and the pure joy of performing. Whether it be for themselves in rehearsal or playing for the President of the United States (they played for President Reagan during a private welcoming party for the Gorbachevs), they seem like a band that just wants everyone around to be having as much fun as they are.
Limpopo has its origins in Moscow since 1986. This group toured the former Soviet Union. At the peak of Limpopo’s fame there, Yuri & Igor emigrated to the United States with only two of the original cast at his heels. In 1991, Limpopo reformed in the States as a four-member folk and comedy troupe. They were very successful performing for audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States at music and comedy festivals, children’s festivals, clubs, and college campuses. In 1993, they competed on and won the Ed McMahon’s International Star Search band competition. In 1995, they showcased at The National Association for Campus Activities convention in Boston where over 150 colleges signed up to bring the band to their campuses! They were voted by readers of Campus Activities Today magazine as “Best Music Act for 1995”. They were nominated for Group of the Year at the 1996 Kerrville Music Awards. They were featured in a long running national TV ad for KIT KAT candy bars which became a tongue-in-cheek anthem for them. L.A.’s number one watched news program, KTLA Morning News, featured a live interview and performance of Limpopo.
Limpopo is Russian entertainment extraordinaire and one of the greatest collections of talent to ever hit the Americas, regardless of heritage. Limpopo is a complete treat for the eyes, ears and hearts of any fan of real world music.
The artists who comprise Limpopo are: Igor Khramov from Yegoryevsk on balalaika, vocals, trombone, sweetstick, guitar and percussion; Yuri Fedorko from Siberia on accordion (bayan), guitar, vocals, and amazing acrobatics; Dmitri Mamokhin from Electrostal’ on bass balalaika, trumpet and vocals; Oleg Shramm keyboards & vocals. More Schramm, Alexander Kalinin accordion and dancing;
Guitarists: Sergei Taranov, Alexander Greschenko. Drummers: Rasputin, Shannon Leggette. Andrei Baranov from Volgograd on drums, spoons and traditional Russian-percussion. Oleg Krivenkoff & George Tonkelidi.
You can visit Limpolo at www.limpopo.com