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was born on 14th May 1960 in Zemun . Plays guitar since he was 14.
influence was Carlos Santana. At 18 he started playing live with well
Yugoslavian Jazz musicians like Stjepko Gut, Misha Krstic, Jovan
Misha Blam, Milosh Petrovic… During 1982 he played drums in Jazz trio
Misha Krstic. At that time he enrolled Academy of Fine Artsin Belgrade.
Academy had at that time one of leading clubs in Belgrade where
was involved as an organizer and participant of Jazz sessions. He was
producing in his studio many at that time unknown and now established
and musicians in all kind of music styles. In 1988 he finished
first project called "Between New Delhi & New York". Entire album
composed, produced and played by Sopchek In August 1988 he went
Canada where he made Art-Music project "Indian Summer". Also in Toronto
in his own production he made several documentaries. One of them was
on Ontario TV and another was shown at Belgrade's Festival of
and Ethno Films, 2000.
met Sopchek in Zemun (Belgrade's
suburbia) and immediately got interested in a man who has obvious
We spent a day in his studio listening to his previous work and talking
about life and, of course, music. His previous work wasn't really in a
style that I was looking for apart of his "New Delhi" track from 1988
I licensed immediately. Next day he called me on a phone and said: I've
got a track for you that I did last night and you gonna like it. He
a cab and in no time he was at my place with a tape. And he was right.
I loved it. He said that he carried that in himself since early 80's
just needed the right moment to deliver it. And this was the moment,
that was the beginning of his "Masks". Masks are mix of traditional
music and Jazz, inspired by Kenyan and Tanzanian ritual music. Sopchek
is also mentioning influences by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wes
Weather Report, Pat Matheney and George Benson. This is Sopchek's first
album for Cosmic Sounds and is entirely dedicated to Africa,
Kenya and Tanzania. All the tracks are based on original local stories
and are almost short documentaries. Sopcheck's approach to African
is the most original I've heard so far. Although everything sounds so
full of Jazz, Funk and even Drum'n Bass, he succeeded to preserve the
and original African atmosphere. None of the styles is prevailing.
is blended so nicely into original and from now on very recognizable
style. (Zeljko Kerleta 2000)
/ CAT. NO.
Through Belgrade's 2000 Jazzy, Groovy, Funky, Trippy Club Scene)
DESTINY DAWN (Space mix)
DESTINY DAWN, 2. COCONUT, 3. AKAMBA, 4. ERASTO, 5. VUGO, 6. DODO, 7.