Sometime midway through the 1990s, Piet Maris ( frontman with the acclaimed Euro roots outfit Jaune Toujours ) began to make contact with gypsy musicians and, through their guidance and contacts, to travel regularly to a Roma community in Slovakia.
Through the latter, the ever curious musician learned their gypsy style of playing. Afterwards, this repertoire was thoroughly reintepreted by the musicians of Jaune Toujours, who, in their usual fashion, began pushing the music beyond the boundaries of tradition by adding their own musical flavours to the sound. At first, the more traditionally-minded gyspies in the band’s audience frowned in astonishment at these changes but the sound began to catch on with the younger Roma. The latter’s stamp of approval was, ultimately, given authority when two young Roma singers - Katia and Milka Pohlodkova - joined the band on stage and never left... Some songs show minimal orchestration, others pull out all the stops. The band travels back to its nostalgic roots, from the early years with the Roma in Slovakia, to more contemporary and urban dub, ska, latin and soul. But, against all expectations: Mec Yek is a gypsy band without violin.