Limpopo "Crazy Russian Folk'n'Roll"
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Limpopo "Crazy Russian Folk'n'Roll"

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

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Kickin' off the Russian pavilion on the first night of Folklorama was Kalinka, a beautiful young dancer with quick feet and lucid movements.

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The performer started an hour-long show which followed the search for a lost Russian beauty and featured a character similar to the devil.


"We decided to use a more Russian fairy tale," said Sofia Barklon, co-ordinator of the pavilion, of the new show. "It's all very famous."


The Russian pavilion has been around five years, so Barklon decided it was time to switch things up, though she has held on to some tried and true elements.


"For five years, we've opened with Kalinka," said Barklon.


Some other memorable performances came from Limpopo, a Russian folk group that had the crowd clapping, yelling and singing along and two young male dancers who were way beyond their years in muscle strength.


"All of them were born in Russia," Barklon said of the performers.


Limpopo's members are Russian-born but now live in Los Angeles.


FIRST APPEARANCE


They have visited Manitoba many times for events like the Winnipeg International Children's Festival, but this was their first appearance at Folklorama.


At various times during its performance, the four-piece band uses balalaikas, trombones, accordions, keyboards, clarinets and drums.


Beyond the stage, the dumplings or "pelmini" at the pavilion are scrumptious, and a blini is like a crepe, only tastier.

- Winnipeg Sun August 2008


SHOW: Limpopo, an energetic Russian folk-rock band from California, brings to mind the Irish Rovers and is quite entertaining. The band's performances were flanked by several dance numbers with a strong ballet influence.

- Whats On Winnipeg


Limpopo!

I don’t have internet access at my apartment so whenever I want or need access, I use the WiFi at a friend’s place. But sometimes the house internet goes on the fritz. When this happens, I just connect to one of the unsecured networks in the area. My favorite one is called, “Limpopo.” It’s my favorite not only because it’s reliable, but because it is just so fun to say. Say it with me. “Lim-Poh-Poh!” Ain’t it great?!

We’ve been using that network on and off for months now but haven’t had any idea what it means, if anything. Until tonight, that is, when curiosity got the best of us. Tonight we used the mighty power of the InterWeb to do some sleuthing. Turns out, it’s not nonsense, or even a Spanish word like we originally suspected. “Limpopo” is the northernmost province in South Africa. A province named after a river by the same name.

But that’s not all! “Limpopo” is also the name of a Russian “Folk-N-Roll” band from the mid-80s. It’s actually on record that one curious Limpopo fan asked the band members what “Limpopo” meant. Apparently each one of them told the guy that it meant, “elephant butt.” And it gets even better…

I’m betting every single American over the age of 5 has actually heard this band before. By some stroke of luck, a big-time ad executive heard Limpopo play and liked their quirky style so much that he encouraged them to audition for a TV commercial spot. They got the gig. So does this sound familiar?

“Give me a break, give me a break. Break me off a piece of that KitKat bar!”

So there you have it. Limpopo. Unsecured wireless network. North African province. River. And the band responsible for the KitKat song. - C Brow


'LIMPOPO'
'Rybalochka'


- Genre: 'Indie' - Release Date: 'December 2006'


Our Rating:
Listening to Limpopo (http://www.limpopo.com) one cannot help but to be massively entertained. The most impressive thing about Limpopo is how much fun these guys are definitely having.

If your house parties are getting a little bit dull and predictable, I beg of you to slip a little Limpopo into your stereo and see what happens. Your most crusty house guest will be up on the house top in their underwear with a beer bong, sucking down a dozen raw eggs, and screaming at any Italians in the crowd where Rocky can go and what he can do when he gets there.

If you want to get to the essence of what Limpopo brings to the table, put in the title track. It will get you moving faster than an Olympic sprinter on a Starbucks bender. Then go to "Po Rumochke." That song should be played by any boss who wants to get any employee moving just a little faster. The only downfall to the great Limpopo is that I cannot in good conscience recommend anyone listen to them while driving. I was and it prompted me to do dangerous things in a half-ton moving vehicle.
author: Adam Harrington
- Whisperin & Hollerin


Limpopo
Rybalochka
Unreal.

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. Listen to this release and you yourself will be going "bop, bop, bop" all night long.

Limpopo: www.limpopo.com
Kyrby Raine - INK19


Limpopo-I discovered them on a Google search for Russian Folk Music Bigrock Balalaikas & Zigeunertrio Kalinka- I listened to song samples on CDBaby and was intrigued enough to perchase. David
--cdbaby.com
- David cdbaby.com


I absolutely love this band .I have seen them live four times in my life and everytime they came to losangeles I was definately there,/ you are one of my most favorite bands ever and this is my most favorite album ,infact I had to re-buy it because I listen to it so much .Thank you /
--cdbaby.com
- Fan from cdbaby.com


we heard of limpopo from rhapsody (a subscription service). i haven't seen my husband this happy in the twenty years i've known him! thank you, limpopo! if you are ever in the boston area, give us a call LISA
--cdbaby.com
- Fans from cdbaby.com


Great - excellent 'craftsmanship', especially excellent singing - during the last hours listened to all songs with constant delight - and above all I like your witty video "Ask The Nature": perhaps the only way to deal with this global warming business, making people think and change their acting...Best wishes,Angelika - Angelica from cdbaby.com


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- Paul Katsnelson


Discography

6 albums.
"Crazy Russian Folk'n'Roll"
"Give Us A Break"
"Traffic Jam In Moscow"
"Limpopo Unpligged"
"Rybalochka/Gone fishing"
"Live in Raleigh"

Also Limpopo music is part of "Euro Trip" and "Somewhere In The City" soundtracks.

Streaming Limpopo Band Music:
www.soundclick.com/limpopo
or
http://www.myrealtalent.com/limpopo/audio.php

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Bio

ISC 2008 SEMI-FINALISTS..THIS GROUP'S BAND MEMBERS HAVE BEEN AROUND SINCE EARLY 90'S, AND PLAYED WITH MAJOR ACTS ALL OVER UNITED STATES AND CANADA. SUCH PLACES LIKE KERRVILLE FOLK FEST, BETHLEHEM MUSIC FEST, CALIFORNIA WORLD FEST, EDMONTON FOLK FEST AND 100'S MORE... YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD THEIR MUSIC IN MOVIES LIKE ""ARMAGEDDON",EURO TRIP", "BLADE II", "MELKOLM IN THE MIDDLE" TV SHOW, ...

Please also see our Polka & Party Music site:
www.myspace.com/ravingpolka

Now, FULL LIMPOPO BIO,
WARNING: Don't have to read it all..
Limpopo has its origins in Moscow since 1986. This group toured the former Soviet Union performing in some of its more famous theaters. 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 and the Los Angeles Music Center on Tour proudly touts Limpopo as one of their most popular and celebrated artists.
Recently "Immigrant Song" made it to the ISC semi-finalists, Igor K. of Limpopo has written a movie score for movie called “Crossing Numbers”, which is going to be seen all over the world at the movie festivals. Limpopo music is part of “Icon” with Patrick Swayze, “Melcolm In The Middle” with “Traffic In Moscow” song, ” Euro Trip”in soundtrack as well, " Blade 2 " " 15 Minutes " with Robert De Nero,"Armageddon", "Somewhere in the City" starring Sandra Bernhardt and " Death By Pizza". Velvel Records has released the soundtrack for "Somewhere In The City" with bunch of Limpopo songs in it.."Happy Face" with Ann Margaret and Henry Thomas. Limpopo has also written music for the Christmas Parade at the Universal Studios, 1998. Mark Mothersbaugh, of DEVO and one of today’s top television and film composers, frequents local Limpopo shows and enthusiastically signed up to be on Limpopo’s mile long mailing list. Even Ronald and Nancy Reagan have enjoyed Limpopo’s celebration in music during a private welcoming party for the Gorbachevs. Special appearance for Paul Allen’s birthday with Bill Gates. The great Peter Ustinov loves Limpopo so much, he had them play at his own birthday party. Limpopo joined royalty when they entertained Julie Andrews and invited guests on her grand estate in Malibu. Jonathan Densmore, of the Doors, thought Limpopo so entertaining during one of their outdoor concerts, he slapped them a hefty check and was one of the first to join the ever-growing list of Limpopo fans everywhere.Igor Khramov’s song " In The Garden " from " Limpopo Unplugged "CD made it to the final at the John Lennon’s Songwriring Contest .
Limpopo’s show is a natural blend of rich, energetic Russian folk music, phenomenal original jazz and blues compositions, with some of the most breathtaking vocal arrangements ever heard. Limpopo’s mesmerizing, dynamic and outrageous dancing and magnificent costumes highlight each note and brighten every step. One can’t help but love the high energy and spirit-raising phenomena that is Limpopo.
Limpopo has just released their 6th album “Live In Raleigh” 2007.All albums available by calling 310-428 7400 or sending your order in by e-mail at: Email: Limpopo@sprintmail.com The band’s albums are also being distributed nationally & internationally at CDBABY.COM OR INDIE MUSIC STORE AND MANY MORE…. Limpopo are all permanent residents of the United States, so they are here to stay and celebrate what they do best: delight and entertain!
Long live Limpopo!