Dissociated from any church or show business dogma, Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra are a significant phenomenon of the anti-globalist movement and a unique paradox of the environment from which they arose. They are more famous and more recognized on the international stage than in their country, whose fame they have been promoting with enormous success.
His first ten years playing the disheveled unza unza sound of the base guitar and the fast two-quarter beat of the Serbian kolo, actually a frantic version of the Balkan rumba, bringing together by some strange ties the rock experience, the sound of music gypsy and Šumadija two-room rhythm with broader artistic concepts of the 20th century - is proof that, now, in an increasingly incomprehensible era, there is dance music with irresistible content that cannot be resisted because "there are not two feet that can be calm” when he plays. The No Smoking Orchestra's communication with the world is based on music and performance, running on image and sound, without any specific insistence on a single country.
Audiences on every continent appreciate The No Smoking Orchestra, despite the fact that there is a lack of understanding of the lyrics. An “explosive mix of nitroglycerin-like sounds” makes it impossible for anyone to stay in their seat...no matter where that seat is: in Paris, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, New York, Kiev, Reykjavik, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Montreal , São Paulo, Vienna, Moscow, Mexico City, Berlin, Madrid, Lisbon or Brussels.
Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra are born nomads, bearers of joy and symbols of freedom that is the intrinsic characteristic of any nomad. Freedom is the power that allows them to feel at home on any stage. In the framework of their psychotherapy (after all, why not refer to things by their proper names) they immediately show the image of absolute freedom at their disposal, something people crave. Consequently, it's no wonder that the eleven bustling, unbridled, and joyful people on stage inspire the need for identification.