Koza Mostra (GR)

The Ska band from Greece that became famous after their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song “Alcohol is Free”!

“Koza Mostra is apparently one of the most famous Balkan ska bands in Greece” BBC News.

“For these Greeks the crisis doesn’t exist” Bild News

When Ilias Kozas, the lead singer of Koza Mostra, was composing “Alcohol is Free” one year ago, he could not even believe that the title of his song would become a symbol of freedom and optimism.Koza Mostra become one of the most beloved bands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö (Sweden), and despite the fact that they were awarded with the 6th place in the final winners’ chart, they managed to get the 1st place in the hearts of most Europeans.On the 22nd of March Koza Mostra, released their first album, titled “Keep up the Rhythm”, in the making of which, they had the honor to work together with Paul Hitter, the artist behind most of the artwork of Gogol Bordello. Mr Hitter created the whole artwork of Koza Mostra’s CD and wrote in it, the following beautiful words:

“I felt more to get to know Koza Mostra at a festival somewhere in the Mountains of Southern France, and it was the best live act I saw in the last years…Got the same feeling and energy that I got at the Gogol Bordello live shows…”

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When Ilias Kozas (lead singer & creator of Koza Mostra) was composing “Alcohol is Free” on 2013, he could not even believe that the title of his song would become a symbol of freedom and optimism. Koza Mostra formed in 2012 by Ilias Kozas. In order to persuade their audience that “anything can happen anywhere” they decided to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 accompanied by Agathon Iakovides (one of the most significant singers of “rebetiko” style of music) with the song “Alcohol is free” not only winning the national final with the largest percentage on audience voting ever, but also becoming one of the most beloved bands at the contest in Malmö (Sweden) winning the 6th place in the final chart despite their greek politically allegorical lyrics. On the 22nd of March 2013 Koza Mostra , counting less than one yearof life , released their first album , titled “Keep up the Rhythm” and selling over 130.000 copies, on which they had the honor to work together with Paul Hitter (one of the most influential Gipsy Artists) , the artist behind most of Gogol Bordello’s artwork.

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