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 inDragi's 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 45: Neli si se naspalo

This is a love song of the Macedonian Muslims living in the larger Šar Planina area. Dragi talks about the Isjanovska sisters, describes the Macedonian Muslim dialect, and discusses that singing tradition, both its continuity and its evolution.

Audio and Links for Episode 45

Episode 45: Neli si se naspalo (28:02)

Neli si se naspalo (Dragi Spasovski, Track 9)

Neli si se naspalo (Asan Muska, 7:36)

Stojane sine, Stojane (Duška Isjanovska, 2:31)

Memed siroče (Duška Isjanovska 3:41)

Koj ti gi dade tie crni oči (Anka Gieva, 2:32)

Neli si se naspalo (Ansambl Makedonija, 2:26)

Majka Abazova (Ibro Labunski, 4:59)

Ramiza (Asan Muska, 7:39)

Pukna puška majčice gore vo planina (Vebija Smailji, 6:23)

Mori sevdo, sevdalijo (Vebija Smailji, 4:21)

04 May 2020



Episode 44: Stojan mi bolan legaše

This ballad is the first of several songs featuring Dragi's mother, Rajna Spasovska. Dragi also talks about Carka Tasevska and other singers from the Kumanovo area.

Audio and Links for Episode 44

Episode 44: Stojan mi bolan legaše (32:08)

Stojan mi bolan legaše (Dragi Spasovski, Track 8)

Ajde petil poev (Dragi Spasovski and Carka Tasevska, 3:10)

Oj Jano, bela Jano (Rajna Spasovska, 2:31)

Jovane, Jovane (Grupa Ovčepolki 2:34)
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Pojde si Dimčo da odi (Rajna Spasovksa and Dragi Spasovski, 2:46)

Prožeta se Jovka kumanovka (Vanja Lazarova, 2:35)

Veno pile, veno (Divna Lazarova, 2:58)

Dve neveste tikve brale (Kumanovskoto Trio, 3:26)

Oj nevesto crno oko (Rajna Spasovska and Carka Tasevska, 2:54)

Grabile gu Angelinu (Livada, 3:32)

Grabile gu Angelinu (Rajna Spasovska and Carka Tasevska, 2:54)

Stanete kokoški (Dragi Spasovski and Carka Tasevska, 2:54)

28 March 2020



Episode 43: Minav gora

Dragi first heard this love song from Kumanovo sung by Blaga Videc. He talks about her and about table songs in general.

Audio and Links for Episode 43

Episode 43: Minav gora (26:06)

Minav gora (Dragi Spasovski, Track 7)

Zaspej mi vnunce (Vidanka Georgieva, 4:07)

Žalna majka (Violeta Krnčeva-Tomovska and Kiril Mančevski, 3:18)

Medley (Vaska Ilieva, Blaga Videc, Blagoj Petrov-Karaǵule 2:34)

Tri godini stana (Blagoj Petrov Karaǵule, 4:29)

Roden kraj (Blaga Videc, 3:15)

Ajde red se redat (Vaska Ilieva and Blaga Videc, 2:58)

Dojdi mi naco, dojdi mi (Blaga Videc, 2:22)

Minav gora (Blaga Videc, 2:54)

25 November 2019



Episode 42: Snošti dojdov po tebe

This is an urban love song from Prilep, home to many singers. Dragi focuses on Jovanka Ivanovska, from whom he first heard the song.

Audio and Links for Episode 42

Episode 42: Snošti dojdov po tebe (19:14)

Snošti dojdov po tebe (Dragi Spasovski, Track 6)

Zapejala Ljuba od gradina (Goga Zafirovski, 3:03)

Bisero mome (Ǵorǵi Želčevski, 2:15)

Moma sedi na visoki čardak (Blaga Petreska 2:20)

Račaj čupe ti poračaj (Zaharinka Vrtanoska Milosavljeviḱ, 3:52)

Kirčo na čardak (Jovanka Ivanovska, 2:29)

Sram mi e majko (Jovanka Ivanovska and Usnija Redžepova, 2:16)

Mi se sobrale, mi se nabrale (Jovanka Ivanovska and Usnija Redžepova, 2:25)

Ratka na porte stoeše (Jovan Brbemski, 3:42)

Slegov dolu vo vizbata (Mile Todorovski, 2:13)

Aram da ti bide mori stara majko (Jovanka Ivanovska, 2:19)

01 October 2019



Episode 41: Oro se vie kraj manastirot

Sung all over Macedonia, this song describes a wedding celebration at a monastery, and whose dancing is the best. Dragi also tells a story about how we got invited to Niš.

Audio and Links for Episode 41

Episode 41: Oro se vie kraj manastirot (14:30)

Oro si vie kraj manastirot (Dragi Spasovski, Track 5)

Ogin gori vo planina (Grupa Kavadarka, 3:51)

Ženil se Petre vojvoda (Aleksandar Sarievski and Vaska Ilieva, 2:16)

Se navali Šar Planina (Aleksandar Sarievski, 2:44)

Fatiše kolo niške devojke (Ljubiša Cvetkovic Robi, 2:51)

18 August 2019