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 15: Merak Imav

Dragi talks about Vasilievski's original recording of this sad love song from Eastern Macedonia, Jordan Nikolić, Mara Gjorgjević, and the strange true tale of Lenka Pingova and Koljo Velkov.

Links for Episode 15

Episode 15: Merak Imav (Download, 15.6 Mb, 11:22)

Episode 15: Merak Imav (Audio stream, 11:22)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 14)

Ajde, Jano, Kolo Da Igramo (Hafa Karić, audio stream, 3:28)

15 November 2009

Episode 14: Ja Izlezi, Stara Majko

For this Ohrid song about a young Christian girl who falls in love with a Turk, Dragi talks about the Ohridski Trubaduri, Ansambl Biljana, and ethnic Turks and Albanians who recorded for Radio Skopje.

Links for Episode 14

Episode 14: Ja Izlezi, Stara Majko (Download, 16.3 Mb, 11:50)

Episode 14: Ja Izlezi, Stara Majko (Audio stream, 11:50)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 13)

Ano Pominuvaš (Ohridski Trubaduri, audio stream, 4:14)

Bog Da Bie Ruse Tvojata Majka (Ansambl Biljana, audio stream, 4:09)

Moj Manuše (Gani Grubi, audio stream, 3:08)

Blaguno Dejče (Selimova-Želčeski duo, audio stream, 4:44)

Ja Izlezi, Stara Majko (Petranka Kostadinova, audio stream, 2:22)

1 October 2009

Episode 13: Sva Noḱ Mii Bilbil Prepeja

For this song about a jilted lover, Dragi speculates on why his repertoire contains so many songs from Lazaropole, the process by which some singers at festivals performed songs not from their home region, and more about his personal relationship with Sarievski.

Links for Episode 13

Episode 13: Sva Noḱ Mii Bilbil Prepeja (Download, 16.3 MB, 11:50)

Episode 13: Sva Noḱ Mii Bilbil Prepeja (Audio stream, 11:50)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 12)

Što Mi E Milo Em Drago (Aleksandar Sarievski & Anka Gieva, audio stream, 1:48)

Sva Noḱ Mii Bilbil Prepeja (Aleksandar Sarievski, audio stream, 2:37)

15 December 2008

Episode 12: Kaži, Vaske Evgova

Dragi talks about Anka Gieva, who first recorded this song about a likely arranged marriage, Olga Sičan from Tetovo, and the real life Vaske Evgova and Epsa Dimuševa.

Links for Episode 12

Episode 12: Kaži, Vaske Evgova (Download, 20 MB, 14:34)

Episode 12: Kaži, Vaske Evgova (Audio stream, 14:34)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 11)

Ajde Dali Znaeš, Pametiš, Milice (Ansambl Čalgija, audio stream, 3:34)

Eleno Ḱerko (Anka Gieva, audio stream, 2:45)

21 October 2008

Episode 11: Koj Ti Gi Dade Tie Crni Oči

Dragi talks about the Isnjaovski sisters, one of whom first recorded this love song from Northern Macedonia.

Links for Episode 11

Episode 11: Koj Ti Gi Dade Tie Crni Oči (Download, 12.3 MB, 8:58)

Episode 11: Koj Ti Gi Dade Tie Crni Oči (Audio stream, 8:58)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 10)

7 September 2008