The Berlin band was first formed in 2003 under the name Emigrantski Raggamuffin Kollektiv RotFront and was composed by the Ukrainian Yuriy Gurzhy, who, along with Wladimir Kaminer, was known as part of the legendary Russendisko DJ collective, and also the Hungarian fellow Simon Wahorn.
Even though the classic ensemble only has nine members, the number varies according to their necessities and sometimes there are up to fifteen people on the stage. One of the former members of the band was also the Hungarian actress and singer Dorka Gryllus.
In their songs, it is possible to hear traces of rock, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, ska or even klezmer and the band counts on many musicians from different nationalities. The band members recognize themselves as a political band that is mainly defined by its internationality. They come from countries like Germany, USA, Australia, Hungary or Ucrania. Following this line, the lyrics are also written in different languages: German, English, Russian or Hungarian. Besides, the "emigrantski raggamuffin" music, as they call it, talks about the everyday life of an immigrant in a big city.
They have published three albums so far, Emigrantski Raggamuffin (2009), VisaFree (2011) and 17 Deutsche Tänze (April 2014) and have also taken their music to many venues and big festivals in Europe.