Orkestar MÉZÉ

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The eagerly anticipated self-titled sophomore record by Los Angeles-based international Peasant Funk band Orkestar MÉZÉ with guest appearances by Ellis Hall, Todor Kirov, Theodosii Spassov, and Miroslav Tadic.

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released June 16, 2015

Orkestar MÉZÉ:
Hannah Arista – vocals
Andrew Conrad – tenor sax/clarinet/vocals
Mitchell Cooper – trumpet/vocals
Morgan Fitch – trombone/vocals
Yunus Iyriboz – guitar/oud/saz/Bulgarian tambura
Milen Kirov – keyboards/accordion/vocals
Plamen Kirov – drums
Michael Mull – alto sax/vocals
Trevor Parrish – trumpet/vocals
Benjamin J. Shepherd – bass
Will Wulfeck – trombone/vocals

Special guests:
Chris Daniel – doumbek (3, 6)
Ellis Hall – vocals/keyboards (2)
Todor Kirov – gadulka (7)
Rich Mouser – guitar (1)/vocals (6)/percussion (2, 3, 6, 11)
Theodosii Spassov – kaval (8, 10)
Miroslav Tadic – guitar (3)



All songs written and arranged by Milen Kirov (Luta Rakia Music, ASCAP), except:
Village Tale – music and lyrics by Todor Kirov, arrangement by Milen Kirov
Before the Dawn – kaval solo by Theodosii Spassov, arrangement by Milen Kirov
Zora – traditional Bulgarian, arrangement by Milen Kirov

Producer: Milen Kirov
Executive producers: Bulgarian Society PCHELA, MAHALATA, Leslie & Roberto Arista, Doug & Bobbie Boyer, Sarah & Tyler Sherban, Nadejda Meshkova & Tzvetelin Petrov, Elizabeth Yupensuk
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio, Altadena, CA. www.themousehousestudio.com
Assistant engineer: Jeff Fox
Logo and graphic design: Zack Young
Photography: Anjelica Jardiel www.anjelicajardiel.com
Photo editing: Hannah Arista www.hannaharista.com
For info and booking: peasantfunk@gmail.com
www.orkestarmeze.com

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Orkestar MÉZÉ Los Angeles, California

Orkestar MÉZÉ has carved its own path with their original high-energy electric brass sound mixing American funk, soul and jazz with traditional Bulgarian and Balkan music. The members of the band hail from Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey, New Zealand, Canada and the US and this diversity is evident in their unique style which they branded "Peasant Funk" and which is sure to make you dance uncontrollably. ... more

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Track Name: Valley of Love
Valley of Love

Hey, listen everybody
I’ve got a little story to tell
It’s about a place so naughty
You might know it oh so well.

From East to West this valley
Is known as a place of sin
Where a bunch of peasants started
Shooting sex on film!

Living in the valley, the peasant valley
Where we like to party everyday.
Grooving in the valley, the funky valley;
Loving with your body, the peasant way!

West Hills, Reseda, Van Nuys,
Will stay in History
As the places where the peasants
Ran this sexy industry.

It started back in those times
When it was not so tough
To make a name in movies
Shot in the Valley of Love.

Chorus

The Valley was the place to be,
Where you went for fun.
Hot cars, groovy music, people to see,
Are those days really gone?
Track Name: Love Revolution (feat. Ellis Hall)
Love Revolution (feat. Ellis Hall)

Here we are in this
Little bubble we live.
Not really caring
What’s going on with the world.
You think there’s nothing
We can actually do
To make things better,
But all you gotta do is believe

That our world is not in this little bubble we have
That our world is much bigger and together

We have to share our love,
Sharing our voice with everyone.
We have to rise above
And join the revolution.
There is no time to waste,
Our lives are changing everyday.
The world needs love and grace,
Let’s join the revolution.

So many people
Today are rising up
To make their voices
Heard all the way to the top.
We can’t sit still
While this is happening.
The future’s calling
And all you gotta do is believe

That our world is not in this little bubble we have
That our world is much bigger and together

We have to share our love,
Sharing our voice with everyone.
We have to rise above
And join the revolution.
There is no time to waste,
Our lives are changing everyday.
The world needs love and grace,
Let’s join the revolution.

There’s so much beauty in this world
Why can’t we smile and see it.
It should be our guiding light
As we stand up for our rights.
Track Name: MiniBikini (feat. Miroslav Tadic)
MiniBikini

Here you go-go down the beach,
Checking out girls and losing speech.
So much skin all around you,
Makes you feel like-a kid at the zoo.

It is summer, everyone’s there.
Hot bodies, sexy beach wear.
Pretty ladies everywhere,
Can you stay cool and not stare?

Hey! Do you see them?
Hey! Do you want them?
Do you like my minibikini?
Hey! Don’t play shy!
Hey! No need to lie!
I know you like my minibikini!

You come up close to me,
Wanna try to talk, I can see.
So many girls around here,
But you chose me, it’s very clear.

It is summer, sun in my hair.
Wet body, sexy beach wear.
You are here, I see your stare,
Wanna meet me, do you dare?

Hey! Do you see them?
Hey! Do you want them?
Do you like my minibikini?
Hey! Don’t play shy!
Hey! No need to lie!
I know you like my minibikini!
Track Name: That Guy
When I met you,
You seemed so nice.
You said we’re friends,
I never thought twice.
You wanted help,
Wanted to be close.
I should’ve felt
You’re one of those.

You lied to me.
You want to control me but I’m free.
There’s no way
I’m gonna let you close again, yeah!

You say there’s no one else that could
Make you feel the way that I do.
But there’s something wrong in the way
You follow me and check my Facebook.
And I don’t like it when you try to break into my house!

On the outside
You’re kinda cute,
But on the inside
One messed up dude.
You’re so unstable,
It is amazing
How you’re not able
To stop the crazies.

You lied to me.
You want to control me but I’m free.
There’s no way
I’m gonna let you close again, yeah!

You say there’s no one else that could
Make you feel the way that I do.
But there’s something wrong in the way
You follow me and check my Facebook.
And I don’t like it when you try to break into my house!
Track Name: The Vow
The Vow

I can’t help, but feel the pain deep inside
My heart that’s been through so much. But I won’t hide
The love and sorrow that stir my soul
When I hear that sweet melody from distant lands I know.

Bless me, lead me and I’ll hold you in my heart.
Teach me how to be the one who makes you proud.

The path of my life may take me far away
To places new and unknown, but I won’t fear cause I know that
I’m not alone and there’s a piece in my heart
Of you that keeps me warm and I know we’ll never be apart.

Bless me, lead me and I’ll hold you in my heart.
Teach me how to be the one who makes you proud.

Bless me, lead me and I’ll hold you in my heart.
Teach me how to be the one who makes you proud.

I can’t help, but feel the love deep inside
That leads me and lights up my life.
Track Name: Balkan Party
Balkan Party

You are at home all alone,
Don’t know what to do tonight.
Get your friends on the phone,
It’s gonna be allright.

There’s a party you should go
With Balkan moonshine,
With a band you have to know
It will get crazy!

This is the night to celebrate,
MEZE is playing, don’t be late.
We’re gonna drink and dance all night,
A Balkan Party goes till the morning light!


Отново е уикенда, не знаеш кво да правиш,
Вкъщи си, скучно, няма кво се маеш.
Има един голям купон дето трябва да идеш и пийнеш,
па хоро да друснеш и моми да щипнеш.
Във сърцето на ЕлЕй с Оркестър МЕЗЕ сме ги събрали Българи, Американци, всякакви Балканци. Няма такъв купон, шест хорни да ти свират, peasant funk се лее, ти си поркаш, сички пеят...

Всички заедно...
А така...
Come on, everyone!
Track Name: Village Tale (feat. Todor Kirov)
Village Tale

Edna beshe moma Gana, edna moma vuv seloto,
Edna moma vuv seloto, edna moma na horoto.

Nay mi beshe moma Gana, moma Gana, debelana,
Debelana i glezana, debelana, murzelana.

Nito pere, nito kopa, samo tendjerite hlopa,
Nito shie, nito mie, po tzyal den yade i pie.

Rutzete I kato sopi, krakata I kato snopi,
Snagata I e do shiya, kato buchva za turshia.
Track Name: Peasant Pump
Peasant Pump

Do the Peasant Pump,
Do the Peasant Pump!
Do the Peasant Pump,
Let’s do the Peasant Pump!

Everybody, join us in this new dance.
It’s so easy, you just need the proper stance.
Put your hands up like you are about to fight,
Then get ready to shake your body right.

Do the Peasant Pump,
Do the Peasant Pump!
Do the Peasant Pump,
Let’s do the Peasant Pump!