Kaffe’s musicians are all trained professionally. They believe in what they do and have participated in many musical projects. Two members of the band – Valery Tzenkov (drums) and Georgi Yanev (guitar) – graduated from the famous University of California at Berkeley in the USA.
In 1999, the band was founded under the name Badu. But, because some of the musicians had their own projects to pursue, Badu was put on ice until 2001 when it came to life as Kaffe, with some changes in personnel.
Previously, Kaffe’s musicians have participated in joint projects with famous Bulgarian pop and rock artists – Grafa, Lili Ivanova, Maria Ilieva, Stoyan Zahariev, Beloslava, the band TRIP and Vasil Naydenov.
It soon became clear that the founding of Kaffe was a good idea: on 22 August 2003 the six were awarded the third place during the International Music Festival ‘The Golden Stag’ in Romania. The European headquarters of MTV invited the band to make a special video for TV and soon their first album, Alone’, was released and was a big seller.
Kaffe represented Bulgaria at their debut in Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kyiv ending 19th and failed to make it to the Finals round.
In 2001 he started his artistic career as a dancer – a profession that took him to many countries, including the Netherlands, Poland, Germany and Egypt, and onto the most famous stages in Europe, such as the Grand Theatre. In 2002, Orlin settled down in Sofia, opened a newspaper and read that Kaffe were searching for a vocalist. This was the beginning of his career as Kaffe’s frontman.
The next important step in his life was to pack his things and go to Berkley (USA) to study guitar in the world-famous Berkley College of Music. Georgi came back to Bulgaria in 1999 and – together with Valery Tsenkov – founded the band Badu, which after several transformations became Kaffe. Alongside his career as a musician, Georgi Yanev started to study psychology in Blagoevgrad’s University from which he has now graduated.
The study of drums brought him to the Music High School in Varna, later the Jazz Academy in Graz (Austria) and finally to the famous Berkley College of Music where he met Georgi Yanev.
Back in Bulgaria, Valery Tzenkov and Georgi Yanev founded the band Badu, which later became Kaffe.
Together with Milen Kukosharov, Martin Tashev played in the band Infinity and – in 2002 – became a member of Kaffe for whom you can hear him on the trumpet and as a vocalist.
On Kaffe’s debut album, Martin even raps in Spanish.
Veselin has worked with world-famous musicians – amongst them Ivo Papazov, Teodosi Spasov, Vasko Vasilev, Benny Paupin, Anatoli Vapirov, Yildiz Ibrahimova and Okay Temiz.
Veselin Veselinov-Eko is also a composer and music producer. He is the newest member of Kaffe.
The song ‘Lorraine’, with which Kaffe represented Bulgaria in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, was written and composed by Veselin together with Orlin Pavlov.