Determined to stoke Cape Town nightlife scene, Israeli-born Ma’or Harris (a self-styled, self-taught DJ who grew up on
a farm and ended up in Cape Town studying sound engineering) gave it wings
with his love of Balkan music (similar in feel to the sound of his
– not inherently ‘cool’, but the type of unhinged fun-inducing sound
that stimulates uninhibited dancing a la Black Cat, White Cat. Taking as its cue Europe’s vibrant underground Balkan party scene, Ma’or brought DJs, artists, designers, musicians and actors together to
create a kind of ritualized party happening, somewhere between a gargantuan theatrical happening and a full-on concert. Balkanology – together with the smaller (but no less energetic) Fiddle East parties, each time in another unexpected venue – is the most hyperbolic and sensational one-night party to hit Cape Town since the fabulous annual MCQP events started in the 1990s.
Wild extravaganzas brimming with atmosphere – not to mention farmyard animals, mountains of hay bales, re-enacted weddings, funerals and revolutions, belly dancers, tarot readers, performance artists, kick-ass bands, and unabashedly alternative tunes (think Serbian rave, traditional Hebrew party anthems, mad remixes of Gypsy electronica, and even Mediterranean melodies, jazzed-up folk rhythms and oompah bands) – offer the chance to party with Cape Town’s hippest intelligentsia.