For a short while in the late 50s and early 60s, London was home to 'der shvitz', the dirtiest most deliriously danceable music of all – a hallucinating mix of surf rock guitar, West Indian calypso, mambo, skiffle and Jewish folk melodies. When it crossed the Atlantic in diluted form as the twist, the music's roots remained largely forgotten. The Yiddish Twist Orchestra revive this one-off cultural collision, paying homage to the genius of its beatnik founder Willy Bergman, lost hero of the sex n drugs British music revolution, who got the slums - and salons - on both sides of the water dancing to the pounding Yiddish beat. Featuring Europe's retro king Natty Bo on vocals (Ska Cubano), this all-star East End band's irresistible, bold and brassy musical fusions guarantee to have us all doing the Yiddish twist.
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