Balkan party music in Seattle

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Phiravelman kalyi phuv

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

We like this recording by the Hungarian Rom band Romanyi Rota because its lyrics are a stark prayer to God for strength to be good in hard circumstances. We play it as a relaxed cocek.

The song is similar to, though not the same as, the Serbian brass band melody “Kako kolan da se videm,” with lyrics by┬áR. Todorovic. Two songs for the price on one!

 

Phiravelman kalyi phuv

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Phiravelman kalyi phuv lyrics

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Kako kolan da se vijem

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Kako kolan da se vijem lyrics

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Phiravelman kalyi phuv, starting at 50:38:

 

Kako kolan da se videm, by Usnija Redzepova:

And by Zlatne Uste, from New York:

 

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Si la kale bal

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A song by the legendary Serbian Rom singer Saban Bajramovic, recorded in 1980. It’s played in a Banat-style 7/8 meter (3+2+2, with stress on beats 1, 2, 4 and 6, not 1, 3, 4 and 6 as commonly heard in the Balkans). We play it for listening, though dancers sometimes do a Romanian dance to it. The instrumental melody is usually highly elaborated by a soloist; the transcription shows only a basic melody, so listen to lots of performances on YouTube and take it from there.

We’ve heard several versions of the lyrics and use those from the Galbeno Songbook here. These include “Si la” in the title and lyrics, not “Sila” as seen almost everywhere else for this song. Our compact Romany dictionary translates “Si la kale bal” word for word as “is her black hair” (“her hair is black”, “she has black hair”), whereas it has no entry for “sila.” Sounds the same either way.

 

Sila kale bal

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Sve se osim tuge deli

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

This folk-flavored popular song of lost love was a hit circa 2001 for Ljubisa Stojanovic, the Serbian singer better known as Louis. (He adopted his stage name at the age of 9, when he performed the songs of Louis Armstrong.) Jasmina Jaksic wrote the music, and Milenko Jaksic wrote the lyrics. We play it as a cocek.

 

Sve se osim tuge deli

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Sve se osim tuge deli lyrics

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Song video (it won’t embed, for some reason): https://youtu.be/0Dk_TARDpz4

 

 

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Vranjanski cocek

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in 9/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

An instrumental cocek dance melody in 9/8 meter from southern Serbia, played by an orchestra led by folk music composer and arranger Zarko Milanovic. The tempo slowly accelerates throughout.

 

Vranjanski cocek

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The original recording isn’t available on YouTube, but here’s a nice version of the same melody by Duo Moderato from Beograd.

 

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Ah ya bibi

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in 2/4 | 0 comments

A hot dance tune from Fanfare Ciocarlia, the internationally popular Rom brass band from northeast Romania, on their 1998 debut CD Radio Prascani. I wonder if the name is related to the Arabic word habibi, “beloved one.”

 

Ah ya bibi

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