Buy box (incl. vinyl/cd/graphic novel)

Buy album on iTunes

NEW TOUR DATES ONLINE!!

We proudly present our new tourdates for this summer! Check out our SHOWS agenta for the every show! 

 

PROJEKT RAKIJA @ SZIGET!!

This year we will be playing SZIGET FESTIVAL and we can't wait for that! 

 

PROJEKT RAKIJA @ FESTIVAL MUNDIAL!! 

We will also be playing FESTIVAL MUNDIAL this year and that is in our hometown so that feels like lots of love! 

TOUR DOCUMENTARY

Last august we have been touring Bosnia-Herzegovina and a small part of Serbia! This was our first time in the Balkans to show the people what we have made with their great culture! This was an adventure we will never forget.. The reactions and the warmth of the people have given us a lot of energy and we will return to Bosnia very soon!! 

 

You can check out a small documentary of our BiH Tour on YOUTUBE! 

DE WERELD DRAAIT DOOR!

This monday, 2nd december, we will be playing on the famous Dutch TV show "De Wereld Draait Door" on NED 3! So Dutch and Belgian people be shure to watch this! It starts on 19:25

 

For everyone who missed our one minute of fame check it out on YOUTUBE

 

 

DE WERELD STAAT STIL! (21-12-2013)

Official afterparty and celebrating the first day of winter with our whole Familija! 

For more info check: PARADOX TILBURG

A few times a year Projekt Rakija will treat you on a special afternoon at No Sikiriki Tilburg under the name Rakija Lab. These afternoons will have an experimental character. You can expect a small electricband or completely acoustic. Maybe with a dj or with other unexpected guests. We start sunday november 24th with Rakija Extra Small. Come and shiver!

WOMEX 2013!!!!

We will be attending this year's edition (24 october/27 october) of WOMEX! The big and famous World Music Expo. This is very good news and it means that we are heading for the international music industry! For detailed news and adventures on WOMEX 2013 please visit ouf Facebook and Twitter

 

www.womex.com

SoundCloud

Two new songs from our record "Welcome To The Family" and a brandnew REMIX (Daniel O) online now! 

 

Click here for our SoundCloud page! 

"Welcome To The Family" Tour!!

Our tour to Bosnia will start on 7th of August and we will return around 20th of August!! 

 

First tour dates announced!! Check SHOWS for info!! 

 

 

FUNDRAISING FESTIVAL!!

27-06-2013

FUNDRAISING FESTIVAL!


7th of july STRARTS AT 16.00!

 

GET "PROJEKT RAKIJA" BACK TO BOSNIA!! (and back)


This August we are going to tour in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
For us this will be an incredible and inspirational journey to the hart of the music that we play. 

To get there we need your help. So we are organising a fundraising festival in Bosvreugd Tilburg. Here we are giving everything what Projekt Rakija has to offer in exchange for your donations. There will be many surprising acts, an auction and of course a bbq and a lot of booze. We will also celebrate the birthday of Igor Sekulovic, our guitarplayer and leader of the pack.
The entrance is FREE and it's totally up to you what you want to offer for the Projekt Rakija Experience. 

So if you ask yourself what is the Projekt Rakija Experience... No it has nothing to do with Jimi Hendriks! This is always a surprise but also always a hell of a party! Of course we will be playing two shows for you and the rest you will see! 

So:


WHEN IS IT I WANT TO GO!??

7th of july this year (2013) 


WHERE IS IT I AM LOST!??

"Bosvreugd"

Reeshofdijk 12

5044 VB Tilburg 

Holland

 

CAN I BRING FRIENDS!?? 

YESS PLEASE DO!!

 

HOW MUCH IS THE ENTRANCE!??

FREE/GRATIS/SLOBODNO/FREI 

 

We really hope to see you there! 



DEBUT RECORD OUT NOW!!

Finally our debut record "Welcome To The Family" is out now! After a whole year of recording, writing and producing our record is out in the wild! You can get the record in a BOX. The content consists of a Vinyl, CD and an Absurdistic Comic about the formation of this band. "Welcome To The Family" is also available on iTunes and Spotify!

 

Order the box by sending us a mail to INFO@PROJEKTRAKIJA.COM

Buy the record on iTunes! CLICK HERE... 

 

WATCH HERE AND NOW: VIDEO RECORD PRESENTATION!

Record Presentation Confirmed

Our record is almost finished! And with lots of joy we are anouncing our tourdates for the record presentation! Write those down in your agendas! 

 

26 April  013, Tilburg                                  click here for informacija!!

27 April  Wilhelminapakhuis, Amsterdam         click here for informacija!!

 

AFTERPARTY DOBAR STYLE! ON BOTH DATES: Our favourite DJ!! DJ PEER VOS Balkan MADNESS and lots more! 

 

Click here for a Projekt Rakija record preview!

 

 

 

A PREVIEW OF OUR DEBUT RECORD AND A NEW RECIPE

08-03-2013

Projekt Rakija Crazy Cookbook has a new recipe! A beautiful mashup between the Bosnian cuisine and the Western cuisine. Dare to make this yourself and let us know how it was! 

 

You can find the recipe in our "Cookbook"...  

 

23-02-2013

Finally we are bringing some official recordings of Projekt Rakija. The last 6 months we have been working really hard on our debut record. Together with the producer Frans Hendriks we are making a beatifull vinyl record that will be released on 18th of April. 

 

To give you a little preview of our work we uploaded 2 songs of the record for you to listen. Just check our MEDIA section and you will find it. Enjoy! 

 

For lazy and busy people push THIS BUTTON and listen directly!

Hi there!

 

Welcome to the official site of Projekt Rakija. Just look around and have fun. We update this site all the time, so check it out once in a while!

 

16.02.2013

Thank you everybody for a great show at The Hall Of Fame! Together with Dubioza Kolektiv we made a party dobar style. It was a blast. Check out this little snap from the show: http://youtu.be/F7oG79uRKCc

 

08.02.2013

Everybody who will be at our concert tonight, please shoot some video and upload it @ Rakija's Got Talent in the menu. We might use it in a video impression.

 

25.01.2013

We will play with the Dubioza Kolektiv on the 8th of February in the Hall of Fame, Tilburg. Doors open at 20.30 h, entrance is 8€. There will be no presale, so be there early. Dubioza Kolektiv is the biggest band from Bosnia at the moment. So come and check them out!

 

23.01.2013

At the moment we are busy finishing our debut album. It's going to be released in a special vinyl edition with a comic book by Niels, our cartoonist and as a regular CD. The release date is planned for April 18th.

 

23.01.2013

Maurice our graphic designer is going to travel around the world to promote his Birthdaysuits. Follow this unique concept on www.birthdaysuit.eu and give him a helping hand by liking his page on Facebook.

 

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TODO MUNDO FESTIVAL Boven-Leeuwen (NL)
08-06-2014
jazzboz.nl
JazzBoZ Festival Bergen op Zoom (NL)
12-06-2014 BALKAN BANDS BATTLE Moscow (RUS)
13-06-2014
mintmusic.ru
MINT MUSIC FEST MOSCOW (RUS)
22-06-2014
elastiek.nl
ELASTIEK RAAKT Hilvarenbeek (NL)
28-06-2014
festivalmundial.nl
FESTIVAL MUNDIAL Tilburg (NL)
12-07-2014 Cirque du Soleil Den Bosch (NL)
13-07-2014 RAKIJA FESTIVAL Tilburg (NL)
18-07-2014
welcometothevillage.
WELCOME TO THE VILLAGE Leeuwarden (NL)
26-07-2014
zwartecross.nl
ZWARTE CROSS Lichtenvoorde (NL)
14-08-2014
szigetfestival.com
SZIGET FESTIVAL Budapest (HU)
23-08-2014
doedans.nl
DoeDans Festival Vierhouten (N)
30-03-2014
deruchte.nl
NL and BiH in Harmony Someren (NL)
05-01-2014
16.30
Frisse Oren 013 Jupiler Zaal, Tilburg
21-12-2013 DE WERELD STAAT STIL (Projekt Rakija + Family) Paradox, Tilburg
02-12-2013
19.25
DE WERELD DRAAIT DOOR Amsterdam
24-11-2013
16.00
Rakija Lab No Sikiriki
08-11-2013
21.00
KAL+ PROJEKT RAKIJA + DJ PEER VOS Waterfront, Rotterdam
02-11-2013
20.30
Concert Hall Tilburg (Private Show) Peerke Donders Tilburg
17-10-2013
21.30
Vogelverschrikkersfestival Valkenswaard
17-08-2013
21.00
City Pub (International Film Festival) Sarajevo (BiH)
16-08-2013
20.00
OKC Abrasevic Mostar (BiH)
14-08-2013 LIM Fest Priboj (SRB)
13-08-2013
20.00
Centar za kulturu Konjic (BiH)
12-08-2013
20.00
Ljetna Bašta Stari Grad Mostar (BiH)
09-08-2013
20.00
Jazz Club Zenica Zenica (BiH)
07-08-2013
more info soon!
"Welcome To The Family" Tour Bosnia & Herzegovina/Serbia/Montenegro
07-07-2013
16.00
FUNDRAISING FESTIVAL BOSVREUGD, TILBURG
06-07-2013
t.b.v.
Babypop Woerden
27-06-2013
20.00
Party @ Twern (private show) Spoorzone
26-05-2013
t.b.a.
International Gipsy Festival Interpolis Tuin Tilburg
24-05-2013 Opening International Gipsy Festival Paradox, Tilburg
12-05-2013
19.25
Straatfestival Overzande Overzande, Zeeland
27-04-2013
20.00 h
Projekt RAKIJA Record Presentation!! Wilheminapakhuis, Amsterdam
26-04-2013
21.00 h
Projekt RAKIJA Record Presentation!! 013, Tilburg
06-04-2013
21:00
Jazz Podium Dordrecht Dordrecht
08-02-2013
20.30 h
with Dubioza Kolektiv Hall of Fame, Tilburg
27-10-2012 CultuurNacht Clarissen Klooster, Tilburg
26-05-2012 International Gipsy Festival Interpolis, Tilburg

Project  noun (pronounce: prɒdʒɛkt)

A planned endeavor, usually with a specific goal and accomplished in several steps or stages.

 

Rakija noun (pronounce: ra'khy'ya)

 

The general name for a strong distilled alcoholic beverage made from various fruits from across the Balkan and the Mediteranean.  The most famous is Slivovitz, a rakija made of prums.

 

Projekt Rakija

  1. A music group around the Bosnian guitar player Igor Sekulovic, who try to bring new life into the Sevdalinka by combining this ancient Bosnian blues with a 'high-energy' mixture of groovy beats, exuberant Balkan horns and screaming rock guitar.
  2. A community of creatives, young talents and old hands, who provide their skills to let the good times roll, because there's always a good reason to party, make music, enjoy food and drinks (and hopefully make some money as well).

 

In his youth in Banja Luka (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Igor loved to listen when his mother and aunts sang those beautiful, melancholic songs of the past. The songs had very poetical lyrics and handled mostly about love, the longing for love or the absence of love. Some were sad, other funny with tongue-in-cheeck. The songs were called Sevdalinka and dated from sometime after the arrival of the Ottoman in medieval Balkans. The word Sevdalinka derives from the Turkish word Sevdah which means love or carressing and this is exactly what this words means today in the Bosnian language.  The combination of Oriental, European and Sephardic elements make these songs stand out among other types of Balkan music.

Many years after, when Igor was graduating from the Rock Academie in Tilburg (The Netherlands), he searched for a way to combine the music from his homeland with western rock music. He came through at a colorful bunch of musicians with very different musical backgrounds and from all around Europe. At their first appearance at the International Gipsy Festival in Tilburg they astonished friends and foe by winning both the audience as the jury award of the Dutch Balkan Blues Contest 2012. They were praised for their unbridled energy, surprising instrumentation, musical virtuosity and passionate presentation.

In the hands of Projekt Rakija the old Sevdah's evolved into psychedelic balkan rock. Listening to the music you'll find influences of Himzo Polovina, Mostar Sevdah Reunion and Goran Bregovic, but also from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

The core of the band is formed by Igor Sekulovic (guitars and vocals) and Harm Timmermans (lead vocals) assisted by Marcel Cuypers (clarinet, wurlitzer piano and vocals), Rick Henkelman (double bass, trombone, tuba and vocals) and Dmitri Tsvetskov (drums). A free role is played by Demis Iossifidis (bouzouki) and/or Stanislav Jusufovic (accordion). The Rakija horns consist of Ron Antens (trombone and basstuba), Gon Mevis (trumpet) and Robert de Kok (saxophone). And last but not least there are our beautiful background singers Anne Simkens and Josefien Terburg. Depending on the nature of the concert the band consist from 6 to 12 people.

Beside the musicians Projekt Rakija has an entourage of creative friends who are closely linked to the band and are considered part of it. A cartoonist, a butcher, designer, webdeveloper, a D.J., photographers and even a hairstylist. We embrace the philosophy of D.I.Y. Projekt Rakija is one big, happy family in which every member does what he's good at. It isn't about money, but about sharing, because if you can't share, you can't multiply.  Above all, Projekt Rakija is a group of friends, who enjoy spending time together and who want to celebrate life the only way they know, with good music, food and drinks. Let's call it the Balkan way.

 

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Many more pictures of us on Flickr! The pictures below are taken by our own Barwerd van der Plas and Bop Mulder.


Click THIS for the whole gallery! 


 

Here we show every week ad random a movie from our archieve. Your movie with us can be showed as well. Upload your movie at the tab Rakija's Got Talent. All the movies will be showed at our YouTube channel. All our official videos will also appear at Vimeo in the best available quality.  

 

 

 

 

Here you'll find some online reviews and critics :)!


KLIX (BOSNIAN)

 

Showbizz magazin (CROATIAN)

 

3voor12 (DUTH)

GIPSY FESTIVAL 2013

SHOW WITH DUBIOZA KOLEKTIV

 



Internationaal Gipsyfestival 2012 (DUTCH)

Folkforum

No Borderz

Tilburg.nl

 

Cultuurnacht (DUTCH)

Univers

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As a child of the Balkans, raised in the Netherlands, Igor is standing in a split with both legs in two different cultures. Projekt Rakija is his baby in which he can combine his preference for western rock with the nostalgic music of his youth. He is our king of the balkan kitchen en loves to share this with others. When you visit Igor there is allways something nice on the stew, which you have to taste. Off course accompanied by a little glas Rakija.

 

www.facebook.com/igorsekulovic

igor@projektrakija.com

Igor
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During his study at the Tilburg University, Rick got involved as a programming director at several festivals. From that moment on he became very active in the cultural scene. He was founder of a booking agency, a board member of a recoding studio and promotor of several tours. He toured the Netherlands and Europe for several years. He drives the band with his energetic performance on the double bass. On the background Rick is the glue of the band, the one who makes things go as smooth as possible. Rick loves to cook, enjoys good wine and is allways in for a party, which makes him right on the spot in Projekt Rakija.

 

www.rickhenkelman.com

rick@projektrakija.com

Rick
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Robert is our senior member. He had his first topselling hitsong back 1978 with Conquistador, but was even more succesfull with the million selling band VOF De Kunst (The Art Company), with whom he is still performing. Besides that he runs a Music School with his wife. He knows Igor as a guitar teacher at his Music School and he asked him to help him set up his Balkanband. Unfamiliar with this kind of music, Robert contacted his friend Rick and with this action he unconsiously initiated Projekt Rakija.

 

robert@projektrakija.com

Robert
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Born and raised in a little village in the countryside of Limburg as a child of two hippies. And allthough he is a big boy now, he allways remained a child. With a lot of enthousiasm, energy and a punk attitude he takes care of the leadvocals in Projekt Rakija. Harm is a real burgundian, who loves to eat good food and to drink special beers in dark brown pubs. Harm graduated from the Rock Academy as songwriter and soundengineer and works als engineer at the renowned studio 'Het Gemengd Bedrijf' in Limmen.

 

harm@projektrakija.com

Harm
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Stanislav Jusufovic was born in Surdulica, a small village in southeastern of Serbia. On his 11th he started to get accordion lessons. He turned out to be exceptionaly talented. In 2004 he moved over to the Netherlands to study at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg where he graduated cum laude as Master of Music. Stanislav is recognized as one of the greatest accordion players, as well in classical music as in jazz and balkan music. He has won several prizes in accordion competitions such as the first prize at the Coupe Mondiale 2007 in Washington.

 

www.stanislavjusufovic.com

stanislav@projektrakija.com

Stanislav
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Ron was born at the Dutch-Belgian border and moved to Tilburg to study at the Conservatory.  He took classes to become a music teacher, conductor and bass tuba player. Later on he added the trombone. Originally he was focused on classical music, but gradually he moved over to light music and theatre. Ron is a very busy man. He plays in several orchestra's, works as a conductor and arranger and teaches music at a school. Furthermore he is a municipal councilar for the Socialist Party and a devoted husband and father.

 

ron@projektrakija.com

Ron
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Dmitri was born and raised in Moskow where he started his musical career. He fell in love during a tour through Europe and followed his heart, which made him stuck in Belgium. Here he became busy with ethnic music and jazz. Last year he achieved his Master Degree at the Brabant Conservatory with a profile jazz drummer. In Rakija Dmitri is the steady motor that makes it moving from the slightest touch to hammering rock, hardcore and dance grooves.

dmitri@projektrakija.com

Dmitri
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As a clarinetist, pianist, composer and arranger Marcel covers a wide range of musical styles from all over the globe. Among his favorite specialties are Dutch folk music, Jamaican Ska, Klezmer and various other oriental idioms from the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, Armenia and the Arabic world. Those skills, in combination with an extreme intelligence and a little weirdness, make him the perfect arranger for Projekt Rakija. He's responsible for the final musical decisions in the band.

 

www.marcelcuypers.nl

marcel@projektrakija.com

Marcel
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Anne was raised surrounded by musical instruments. She played saxophone for many years as well as piano and flute. She started singing during her childhood at the church choir. In 2007 she graduated from the Fontys Academie for Drama in Eindhoven and ever since she's working as a theatrical cameleon. She gives acting lessons, directs plays and acts in several drama plays. Anne just loves to create and is with no doubt the beauty of the band.

 

anne@projektrakija.com

Anne
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Demis Iossifidis is the Greek God of Rakija. And our benjamin as well. Even before he could walk he 'sang' along with the songs from Giorgos Dalaras and Giannis Parios. So it was no surprise that he started to take guitar lessons at the age of five. Later on he focussed at the bouzouki, which has become his ever lasting love and in which he became a real master. With his unparalled virtuosity he is one of the soloists in Projekt Rakija. He studies International Relations at the University of Amsterdam, which turns out to be very helpfull in a band with multiple nationalities.

 

demis@projektrakija.com

Demis
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Josefien is a young mother and therefore very busy. She is so busy, that she didn't find the time to tell us something about her self. Therefore we can only tell you that Josefien studied at the Rock Acadamy and is a fantastic singer and a very warm and beautiful woman.

 

josefien@projektrakija.com

Josefien
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Gon started  playing the trumpet in his childhood at the fanfare of Schimmert, a pitoresque village in the south of Limburg. After his study Sociology at the Tilburg University he ended up in several political and sociological positions, but never neglected his first love: the trumpet. With all his administrational skills he was adopted unanimously as chairman of Projekt Rakija.

 

gon@projektrakija.com

Gon
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To create a good atmosphere is the specialty of DJ Peer Vos. Due to his enormous knowledge of and his passion for music, he's always able to start a party. Gipsy and Balkanbeats, worldgrooves, and other soulfull, groovy dancebeats is what you can expect when Peer is spinning the turntables. Peer has over 30 years of experience as a DJ and hosted many big venues in the Netherlands.

 

www.pirke.com

peer@projektrakija.com

Peer
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Drawing is something that Niels is doing all his life. As a child he turned over the colouring plates , so he could create something at the flipside. He covored his schoolbooks with white paper and bought white furniture just to be able to fill them up with his continous scribbling. A white plane is not safe when Niels is around.

 

“ Eigenlijk wilde ik stripper worden maar ik bleek te stram, toen ben ik maar strips gaan maken.”

 

niels@projektrakija.com

Niels
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Maurice is our Graphical Designer. He studies graphic design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, from which he hiopes to graduate in 2013. Last year he had the change to inturn at Buutvrij for Life, who gave him the oportunity to work for some big projects such as Heineken, Apenkooi and Hi. In order to graduate he started up Birthdaysuit with whom he wil be travelling the world for the upcoming months.

 

www.mauritzio.com

www.birthdaysuit.eu

maurice@projektrakija.com

Maurice
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Salem was born in a small village in Serbia very close to the Bosnian border. He is our myriapod: stagemanager, travelling guide, bodyguard, butcher, supplier of Rakija and, very important, our judging-committee for groupies. If there is a problem, Salem can fix it.

 

salem@projektrakija.com

Salem
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Everybody loves Bop. He is the kind of guy who seems to be in a good mood all the time. Always willing to give a helping hand and allways in for a party. Bop studied photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the Hague and is a well known Amsterdam based photograper for several years now. He was able to catch a lot of Dutch celebraties with his camera.

 

www.bopmulder.nl

bop@projektrakija.com

Bop
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Born in Turkey, Senol moved over to the Netherlands at a very young age. He attended the hairdressing school when he was sixteen years old and became an appreciated hair stylist. He has worked all over the world for magazines, fotoshoots and fashion shows.

 

senol@projektrakija.com

Senol
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