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 10: Pavle Mi Pie

This well-known song from Skopsko about a man who can't pay his bar bill has many versions. Dragi talks about his first hearing of the song on the kemane and about Elena Dimitrievska. (Some of the versions of the songs below are available in the books sold on this site.)

Links for Episode 10

Episode 10: Pavle Mi Pie.mp3 (Download, 18.5 MB, 13:32)

Episode 10: Pavle Mi Pie (Audio stream, 14:32)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 9)

Pavle Mi Pie (Persa Nikolova and Marica Zilkovska, audio stream, 3:27)

Pavle Mi Pie (Kitka, audio stream, 3:29)

Pavle Mi Pie (Ogneni Moncinja, audio stream, 3:53)

Aber Mi Dojde Od Soluna Grada (Persa Nikolova, Marica Zilkovska, Elena Dimitrievska, audio stream, 3:05)

3 August 2008

Episode 9: Lino Mome, Sevdalino

This old love ballad is from the Lazaropole/Mijak area, Dragi also discusses arranged marriages and reminisces about Kiril Mančevski.

Links for Episode 9

Episode 9: Lino Mome, Sevdalino.mp3 (Download, 20.2 MB, 14.42)

Episode 9: Lino Mome, Sevdalino (Audio stream, 14:42)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 8)

Izlezi, Vido Mori, Čudo Da Vidiš (Kiril Mančevski, audio stream, 3:27)

Jano Mori (Kiril Mančevski, audio stream, 4:39)

27 July 2008

Episode 8: Kaži Mi, Kaži, Katinke

This love song in 5/16 from the Pelagonija region generates a discussion about the hero Krale Marko, the singers Ǵorǵi Želčeski, Kevser Selimova, and Gogo Zafiroski, and a famous song claimed by everyone in the Balkans.

Links for Episode 8

Episode 8: Kaži Mi, Kaži, Katinke.mp3 (Download, 16.9 MB, 12:20)

Episode 8: Kaži Mi, Kaži, Katinke (Audio stream, 12:20)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 7)

Jovano, Jovanke (Selimova-Želčeski Duo, audio stream, 2:42)

Biljana Platno Beleše (Gogo Zafiroski, audio stream, 3:02)

Katıbım (Safiye Ayla, audio stream, 3:22)

9 July 2008

Episode 7: Dej Gidi Ludi Mladi Godini

Dragi describes our sixth song, Dej Gidi Ludi Mladi Godini, as an ode to youth. He also talks about the Lazaropole/Mijak area, the dance "Teškoto", and Aleksandar Sarievski.

Links for Episode 7

Episode 7: Dej Gidi Ludi Mladi Godini.mp3 (Download, 22.6 MB, 16:26)

Episode 7: Dej Gidi Ludi Mladi Godini (Audio stream, 16:26)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 6)

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

Dej Gidi Mladi Godini (Aleksandar Sarievski, audio stream, 4:47)

11 June 2008

Episode 6: Bog Da Go Bie Ibraim-odža

Bog Da Go Bie Ibraim-odža is our fifth song. Dragi talks about Mirvet Belovska, čalgija, and Ottoman tax collection. [UPDATE 2008-07-27: We've found the Mirvet Belovska recording of this song! Thanks to Michele Anciaux.]

Links for Episode 6

Episode 6: Bog Da Go Bie Ibraim-odža.mp3 (Download, 17.4 MB, 12:36)

Episode 6: Bog Da Go Bie Ibraim-odža (Audio stream, 12:36)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 5)

Bog Da Go Bie Ibraim-odža (Mirvet Belovska, audio stream, 3:10)

22 May 2008