Leading Polish interpreters of gypsy, Balkan and Carpathian music, acclaimed by the critics as one of the most dynamic folk groups from Eastern Europe. This year they celebrate the band’s 10th anniversary with their third album Šatrika. The name Čači Vorba stands for “true speech.”
The group consists of musicians from the Lublin folk scene joined by a charismatic singer and violinist with unique voice Maria Natanson. As a teenager, Natanson dropped out of school, left home and started a few-year journey across the Carpathians in search of traditional music. She lived with the Romany musicians in Czarna Góra in Spisz, where she studied their language, songs and culture. Natanson uses her musical experience to compose songs, write lyrics and sing in Romany.
The music of Čači Vorba is based on traditional acoustic instruments from Eastern and Central Europe and the Balkans. The artists respect the tradition at the same time giving themselves a lot of creative freedom. The sound of the band is said to be an inapparent combination of gypsy spontaneity, Romanian blues, oriental and Mediterranean sounds with elements of jazz, trance and psychedelia, all in perfect harmony.
Their self-titled debut album released in 2008 earned excellent reviews both in the Polish and foreign media. Two years later, the album got a re-release at the German label Oriente Music with which they have been cooperating until today. The album won a number of awards and titles: German Phonographic Critics Prize, ‘Top of the World’ Songlines Magazine, Top 10 – World Music Charts Europe, ‘Lira Gillar’ – Lira Magazine (Sweden), ‘Mundofonias Top 10’ – Radio Nacional de Espana (Spain), to name a few. Their second album Tajno Biav received, among others, Polish Folk Phonogram of 2011 awarded by Channel 2 of Polish Radio. Their latest album Šatrika, in less than two months since its release, once again won the ‘Top of the World’ title given by British Songlines magazine. Its popularity on the world music scene is undiminished.
Čači Vorba has played over 400 concerts in 19 countries. They debuted at the WOMAD Festival in 2014 and their concert was broadcast by BBC Radio 3.