Soznak have finished and internet released their new album Dear Dad Tango. This long awaited product is now available from the Soznak myspace site ( see the links section of this web site ) It is now available in the shops. Here are some short extracts from the reviews.
Dear Dad Tango Review excerpts
Ian Anderson Editor: fRoots Magazine wrote: At 00:39 +0100 15/4/09,
What a truly wonderful little gem this Soznak album is! I've been sat here with a broad grin on my face: every time I think I've figured out what they do, they do something else.
Jamie Renton FROOTS June 2009
Openness, charm, a sense of fun and a taste for the absurd: all good qualities, all too rare and all found in abundance in this warm-hearted and musically adventurous debut from 12-piece Newcastle-based group Soznak
IRISH TIMES review of Soznak Dear Dad Tango by Nigel Wood Friday, July 3, 2009
A rich stream of current world music draws upon the influence of Europe's immigrant communities. Soznak, based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, include musicians from Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Iran, Iraq, Ireland and Spain. All these musical styles flow together nicely, lubricated with wit, charm and good humour. A sense of community is palpable, and Cooking in the Kitchen even comes with recipes from various band members! The album kicks off in Congolese style with an easy rumba, then moves up a gear with the more soukous-paced Weekily. There follows a dance through flamenco, Angolan balladry, funky horn workouts and the Argentinian- flavoured title track, a tribute to the guitarist's late father. Very enjoyable.
Gondwana sound Soznak, where Tyneside meets the Tigris
Jill Turner 14 May, 2009 - 20:48.
News in from Home Made Rekords: Soznak are giving London a run for its money in the global multicultural music scene with their release Dear Dad Tango on their own Home Made Rekords label. The name may Sound Eastern European but SOZNAK is actually named after a Middle-Eastern mode which brightens and elevate, the sound of a piece of music. In that sense it is very true to the spirit of the group, whose sound is a life-affirming synthesis of the collective musical heritage of its various band constituents. Soznak Is an exciting product of increasing ethnic diversity In the North-East of England;. With the debut album Dear Dad Tango (Home Made Rekords), Soznak creates a unique and joyful sound and captures brilliantly the energy and style of its stage shows
Soznak CD review by Jane Cornwell in SONGLINES (August-September 2009)
Danceable and mesmerizing …Powerhouse rhythm section …Spine tingling oud of Firas Kirala …Smiling hugely talented performers