Macedonian and Balkan Folk Music

Macedonian Postcards

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David Bilides and Dragi Spasovski are your hosts for discussions and samples of all 54 Macedonian folk songs in Dragi's recent 3-CD project, as well as stories about the recordings, musicians, Dragi's life, and Macedonian culture in general. You can download each episode individually under the links section for that episode, listen to an audio stream of each episode, or you can subscribe to the entire series through one of the links on the right sidebar.

Episode 36: Na Stolče Sedam, Pismo Pišuvam

This love song from Prilep again features Zaharinka Milosaljeviḱ. Dragi talks about the problems inherent in productions of čalgija songs featuring singers who were not of that tradition.

Episode 35: Ori Jano, Sokol Jano

This old love song, first recorded by Izvorno Trio, is from the Tetovo area. Dragi discusses the Gavrovski brothers group, the differences between singing to kavals and gajdas, and ornamenting melodies.

Links for Episode 35

Episode 35: Ori Jano, Sokol Jano (Download, 33.3MB, 23:06)

Episode 35: Ori Jano, Sokol Jano (Audio stream, 23.06)

Ori Jano, Sokol Jano (Dragi Spasovski, Track 16)

Elencice Visoka Planino (Kučkovki Trio, audio stream, 2:41)

Ori Jano, Sokol Jano (Trio Gavrovski, audio stream, 3:56)

Ori Jabuce (Trio Gavrovski, audio stream, 4:07)

03 May 2014

Episode 34: Oro Vodi Angelina

This love song, first recorded by Vaska Ilieva, is from the Aegean region. Dragi discusses the influx of out-of-region Macedonians to Macedonia in the 60's, their singers and groups, and Radio Skopje's efforts to record their songs.

Links for Episode 34

Episode 34: Oro Vodi Angelina (Download, 34MB, 23:38)

Episode 34: Oro Vodi Angelina (Audio stream, 23:38)

Oro Vodi Angelina (Dragi Spasovski, Track 15)

Oro Vodi Angelina (Vaska Ilieva, audio stream, 2:41)

Boso Mome Šeta (Kostadinka Palazova, audio stream, 2:10)

Mori Mome Magde (Mice Dimitrovski, audio stream, 5:15)

Ferman Dojde Od Stambola (Pepe Baftirovski, audio stream, 3:29)

Tvojte Oči (Bapčorki, audio stream, 2:38)

Aspana Me Klade (Vodenki, audio stream, 2:38)

Starakino (Meglenki, audio stream, 1:49)

Stojnole, Mori, Moj Stojnole (Kosturčanki, audio stream, 2:50)

Ajde Mori Stojnole (Tanec, audio stream, 3:05)

22 February 2014

Episode 33: Ozdol Ide Mlad Delija

This west-central Macedonian love song is from Mariovo. Dragi talks about the region and singers and songs from it, and its tradition of zurlas and how they express the hardship people from the area have experienced.

Links for Episode 33

Episode 33: Ozdol Ide Mlad Delija (Download, 21.7MB, 15:02)

Episode 33: Ozdol Ide Mlad Delija (Audio stream, 15:02)

Ozdol Ide Mlad Delija (Dragi Spasovski, Track 14)

Ozdol Ide Mlad Delija (Dragi Spasovski, audio stream, 2:55)

Na Pat Odam, Za Pata Prašam (Sestrite Mavrovski, audio stream, 2:24)

Zaplakalo Mi Mariovo (Vaska Ilieva, audio stream, 6:16)

Teškoto (Trio Majovci, audio stream, 5:20)

28 August 2013

Episode 32: Izniknale Dva Bora Zeleni

Dragi talks about the similarities of this southwestern Macedonian song to Lele, Jano, his theory about how that happened, and about Zaharinka Milosaljeviḱ.

Links for Episode 32

Episode 32: Izniknale Dva Bora Zeleni (Download, 22.4 MB, 15:32)

Episode 32: Izniknale Dva Bora Zeleni (Audio stream, 15:32)

Izniknale Dva Bora Zeleni (Dragi Spasovski, Track 13)

Lele, Jano (Unknown, from Istibanja, audio stream, 2:22)

Lele, Jano (Jovanče Dimovski, audio stream, 2:55)

Lele, Jano (Sintezis, audio stream, 3:34)

Niz Dvori Se Šeta (Zaharinka Milosaljeviḱ, audio stream, 3:45)

Račaj Čupe (Dragi Spasovski), audio stream, 3:49)

26 July 2013

Episode 31: Kade Se Čulo, Videlo

Dragi talks about the many different versions and story lines of this central Macedonian song, which serves as the theme music for our podcasts.

Links for Episode 31

Episode 31: Kade Se Čulo, Videlo (Download, 20.2 MB, 14:02)

Episode 31: Kade Se Čulo, Videlo (Audio stream, 14:02)

Kade Se Čulo, Videlo (Dragi Spasovski, Track 12)

Kade Se Čulo, Videlo (Ace Petkovski, audio stream, 2:49)

Kade Se Čulo, Videlo (Adrijana Alačka, audio stream, 4:01)

Kade Se Čulo, Videlo (Vaska Ilieva, audio stream, 2:30)

10 March 2013