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 20: Brale, Brale, Se Nabrale

For this first song of the Echo CD, Dragi talks about the differences between urban, čalgija, and traditional singing. He describes how he recorded two different versions of a song in two singing styles. And there's more about Kiril Mančevski.

Links for Episode 20

Episode 20: Brale, Brale, Se Nabrale (Download, 37.3 Mb, 25:54)

Episode 20: Brale, Brale, Se Nabrale (Audio stream, 25:54)

Brale, Brale, Se Nabrale (Dragi Spasovski, Track 1)

Brale, Brale (Kiril Mančevski, audio stream, 2:38)

Ajde, Vino Pijam (čalgija) (Dragi Spasovski, audio stream, 3:30)

Ajde, Vino Pijam (izvorno) (Dragi Spasovski, audio stream, 3:11)

8 August 2010

Episode 19: Interview with Stefče Stojkovski

This podcast was recorded in December 2008, when Stefče visited Seattle. He tells the story of his family's long-time involvement in folk music, his path to professional work (including meeting Mile Kolarov), and his first recording with Dragi. This episode provides an introduction to the upcoming podcasts for Dragi's second CD, Echo of My Soul.

Links for Episode 19

Episode 19: Interview with Stefče Stojkovski (Download, 50.9 Mb, 37:04)

Episode 19: Interview with Stefče Stojkovski (Audio stream, 37:04)

Stefče Stojkovski CDs

Na Stolče Sedam (Dragi Spasovski, Track 17)

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

Pravo Dračevsko (Mile Kolarov, audio stream, 2:08)

Ratevka (Mile Kolarov, audio stream, 2:15)

Bolen Mi Leži Kara-Mustafa (Dragi Spasovski, Track 6)

Kalino Sestro (Rajna Spasovska, audio stream, 2:58)

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

5 June 2010

Episode 18: Interview with Goran Alachki, Adrijana Alachka, and Bajsa Arifovska

This podcast was recorded in January 2009, when all three musicians were visiting Seattle. Each gets to tell the story of how they found this folk music in their lives and what their professional work has been since. A fascinating account of three paths to the same place.

Links for Episode 18

Episode 18: Interview with Goran Alachki, Adrijana Alachka, and Bajsa Arifovska (Download, 58.5 Mb, 42:40)

Episode 18: Interview with Goran Alachki, Adrijana Alachka, and Bajsa Arifovska (Audio stream, 42:40)

Goran and Adrijana Alachki CDs

Eleno Mome (Goran Alachki, audio stream, 4:08)

Zajdi, Zajdi, Jašno Sonce (Goran Alachki, audio stream, 4:14)

Jovano, Jovanke (Adrijana Alachka, audio stream, 3:06)

Ni Prela Gora, Ni Tkala (Adrijana Alachka, audio stream, 3:16)

Veleško Oro (Bajsa Arifovska, audio stream, 4:17)

Jeni Jol (Bajsa Arifovska, audio stream, 6:00)

25 April 2010

Episode 17: Zbogum Mila, Dojde Denot

This podcast, the last of the songs on Dragi's CD with Goran, features Nikola Badev, who first recorded it. Dragi talks about his relationship with Badev, discusses more about the emotional impact of young men going to foreign lands, and explains why certain singers are never forgotten in Macedonia.

Links for Episode 17

Episode 17: Zbogum Mila, Dojde Denot (Download, 27.1 Mb, 19:44)

Episode 17: Zbogum Mila, Dojde Denot (Audio stream, 18:54)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 16)

Zbogum mila, dojde denot (Nikola Badev, audio stream, 3:25)

Podranila Cena (Nikola Badev, audio stream, 3:39)

Legnala, Ludo, Zaspalo (Dragi Spasovski, audio stream, 3:11)

Blaze tebe, Mitro mori (Nikola Badev, audio stream, 4:53)

13 February 2010

Episode 16: Tri Godini Stana

For this song from Resen about unhappy love, Dragi reviews the original Raspejani Resenčani recording, talks about Goran's arrangement, and tells how he's incorporated another version of the song into his own performances.

Links for Episode 16

Episode 16: Tri Godini Stana (Download, 14.1 Mb, 10:14)

Episode 16: Tri Godini Stana (Audio stream, 10:14)

Voice of My Soul (Dragi Spasovski, Track 15)

Tri Godini Stana (unknown, courtesy of Dave Golber, audio stream, 7:58)

14 December 2009