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 25: Bolen Mi Leži Kara-Mustafa

Dragi talks about this Tetovo song and the group that recorded it, Braḱa Gavrovski. He also talks about ornamenting songs and the possible identity of Kara-Mustafa.

Links for Episode 25

Episode 25: Bolen Mi Leži Kara-Mustafa (Download, 28.6 MB, 19:50)

Episode 25: Bolen Mi Leži Kara-Mustafa (Audio stream, 19:50)

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

Bolen Mi Lega Kara-Mustafa (Braḱa Gavrovski, audio stream, 4:04)

More, Dva Se Zmeja Po Nebo Besnejat (Braḱa Gavrovski, audio stream, 3:07)

Bolen Mi Leži Kara-Mustafa (Živan Milić, audio stream, 4:18)

Bolen Mi Leži Kara-Mustafa (Vievska Folk Grupa, audio stream, 4:08)

02 July 2011

Episode 24: Devojko Mori, Devojko

For this song from north-central Macedonia, Dragi talks about the origin of the lyrics and four different versions. He also discusses Dragica Mavrovska.

Links for Episode 24

Episode 24: Devojko Mori, Devojko (Download, 27.0 MB, 18:46)

Episode 24: Devojko Mori, Devojko (Audio stream, 18:46)

Devojko Mori, Devojko (Dragi Spasovski, Track 5)

Stefanke Mome Ubavo (Dragi Spasovski, audio stream, 2:06)

Devojko Mori, Devojko (Tanec, audio stream, 2:45)

Na Sred Selo Tapan Bie (Dragica Mavrovska, audio stream, 3:03)

Slavej Pee Na Trendafil (Dragica Mavrovska and Anka Gieva, audio stream, 2:08)

Lenče Bolno Leži (Sestrite Mavrovski, audio stream, 4:15)

Tarapanni Marel Babi (Dragica Mavrovska, audio stream, 3:00)

08 April 2011

Episode 23: Zaspala Jana, Janinka

For this song from north-central Macedonia, Dragi talks about the category of songs having to do with young men or woman who are awakened from sleep. He also talks about how this song is connected with his younger daughter.

Links for Episode 23

Episode 23: Zaspala Jana, Janinka (Download, 17.0 MB, 11:48)

Episode 23: Zaspala Jana, Janinka (Audio stream, 11:48)

Zaspala Jana, Janinka (Dragi Spasovski, Track 4)

More Sokol Pie (Aleksandar Sarievski and Dragica Nikolova, audio stream, 2:32)

Stanvaj Donke,Stanvaj Ḱerko Porano (Rahilka Burzevska Nikolova, audio stream, 2:32)

19 February 2011

Episode 22: Ogrejala Mesečina

Dragi talks about the Tetovo dialect, how songs spread from one village to another, the meaning of "young bride", and the syMBol of the moon in folk songs.

Links for Episode 22

Episode 22: Ogrejala Mesečina (Download, 24.8 MB, 17:12)

Episode 22: Ogrejala Mesečina (Audio stream, 17:12)

Ogrejala Mesecina (Dragi Spasovski, Track 3)

Ogreala Mesečina (Vaska Ilieva, audio stream, 2:56)

Ogrejala Mesečina (Tanec, audio stream, 2:18)

Oj, Mesečino Novino (Vaska Ilieva, audio stream, 2:58)

26 November 2010

Episode 21: Aj, Zdram, Zdrami Se

Dragi talks about the meaning of the archaic word "zdram," and how folk songs help preserve a culture's heritage.

Links for Episode 21

Episode 21: Aj, Zdram, Zdrami Se (Download, 18.6 MB, 12:56)

Episode 21: Aj, Zdram, Zdrami Se (Audio stream, 12:56)

Aj, Zdram, Zdrami Se (Dragi Spasovski, Track 2)

Aj, Zdram, Zdram Mi Se (alternate version, audio stream, 2:38)

29 October 2010