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The Toasters, are "Ska Pioneers" (Billboard magazine) and boldly go where no ska band has gone before. Having been compared to the Ramones, due to their longevity and adherence to core principles, the Toasters are held to be one of most influential ska bands out there. Their lean, mean ska machine has galvanized audiences and musicians alike with their embrace of the Jamaica-born pop music style that overwhelmed England in the 1960's, migrated to America in the early 1980s, and went global in the 1990s. The hallmark Toasters sound sits at the nexus of Reggae, Jazz, Punk and Soul and is the musical equivalent of a brass knuckle-duster.
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Dubioza kolektiv, also known as Dubioza, is a Bosnian band currently consisting of seven members. The band's music incorporates various styles including reggae, dub and rock, and makes use of political and dissenting lyrics.
Dubioza kolektiv was founded in 2003 by former members of Gluho doba Against Def Age: Alan Hajduk, Adisa Zvekić, Almir Hasanbegović and Adis Zvekić from Zenica, and former members of Ornamenti: Brano Jakubović and Vedran Mujagić from Sarajevo.
They were later joined by guitarist Armin Bušatlić, drummer Senad Šuta, percussionist Orhan Maslo Oha, sound engineer Dragan Jakubović, saxophonist Mario Ševarac and, in 2015 by guitarist Jernej Šavel.
In 2004, Gramofon records released Dubioza's first self-titled album. In December of the same year, Dubioza kolektiv's second CD was released: The EP, "Open Wide" contained tracks featuring dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah and Mush Khan from Pakistani-UK band Fun-da-mental. In June 2006, Dubioza kolektiv released a new album, through the Gramofon record company. The album Dubnamite, containing ten new songs, was recorded in 2005/2006. Guests on the album included De-fence and French artist Niköll (Nicolas Cante).
Wild Wild East
Dubioza kolektiv's 2011 album Wild Wild East, where most songs are in English, garnered some international attention. Critics have generally given it good reviews and acknowledged the mix in styles of music. The same year it was released, the album won the Best Adria Act in the MTV European Awards 2011.
Happy Machine (EP)
Happy Machine, Dubioza kolektiv's second EP, consists of three tracks: two in English and one in Spanish. "No Escape (from Balkan)" talks about a "gastarbeiter" who left his homeland in search for a better life in the West. The second song, "Free.mp3", is dedicated to founders of The Pirate Bay: Gottfrid Svartholm and Peter Sunde, who have been incarcerated for their creation of the site in Denmark and Sweden respectively. The song questions copyright in the digital age, privacy on the Internet, and freedom of information. Spanish band La Pegatina is guest in song "Hay Libertad". The song is sung entirely in Spanish, a first for the band.
The artwork for the CD cover is designed by Vedran Mujagić and the music video for "No Escape (from Balkan)" was directed by Salem Kapić Kantardžić.