Vera Bila, Kale Kalore

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Kale Kalore

Vera Bila

Possibly Slovakia's greatest singer, Vera Bila brings a decidedly unusual twist to her Gypsy roots, steeping them in rhythms and melodies heavily colored by Brazil. While samba and the Balkans might seem unlikely bedmates, it works: "Ma Dza Nikhaj" has a softly glowing warmth, and "Baro D'ives" effortlessly combines the two cultures behind Bila's gently commanding voice. It's a compelling and strangely addictive mix that manages to keep a sense of its roots among the exotica.