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Borat: the sound track

Posted By on 11.16.06 at 10:37 AM

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There’s not much that’s real about Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, the hilarious feature in which British funnyman (I’ve always wanted to use that absurd phrase) Sacha Baron Cohen portrays the crude, sex-obsessed Kazakh character he introduced on Da Ali G Show. The artificiality extends to sound track: there isn’t one tune on it from Kazakhstan. Searching for "Kazakhstan" on yields a total of ten items, and half of them seem only marginally related to central Asian nation. But if you’re really interested, I can wholeheartedly recommended this CD of traditional Kazakh music.

The Borat sound track is quite good, even if the music isn't geographically appropriate and the CD is interspersed with dialogue from the movie. The bulk of artists are Serbian, Bosnian, and Romanian, with a decided focus on Gypsy musicians from these places. The great singer Esma Redzepova is featured on her classic “Chaje Shukarije,” the brass bands Kocani Orkestar and Fanfare Ciocarlia are both represented, and superstar Goran Bregovic -- who played Millennium Park last summer -- plays his European smash “Ederlezi.”  Could Borat lead an Eastern European Gypsy-music explosion? Probably not: most of these tunes make only a marginal appearance in the film. And how could they compete with Borat’s own tongue-in-cheek anthem, “In My Country There Is Problem (Throw the Jew Down the Well)”?

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