Balkan party music in Seattle

2/4

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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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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Lidija

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

This song was a hit for Serbian singer Branka Sovrlic in 1990. It has also been recorded by the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble in New York with vocalist Carol Silverman, who sings slightly different lyrics. We learned the song from her, but the chart below uses Branka Sovrlic’s lyrics (note that the second line of the chorus uses different words after each verse). We play it as a cocek.

 

Lidija

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EsyEk0S5u8

(The video won’t embed, for some reason)

 

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Cerno more

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

This communist-era comic song by Todor Kolev, the late Bulgarian actor, comedian and singer, is about a guy who takes a slacker job so he can hang out by the beach at the Black Sea and avoid his wife. We play it as a kjucek.

Caveat: This is one of the few songs in this collection where the transcription is different from the original recording. The transcription is based on a version of the song that we learned from Mary Sherhart in Seattle. It uses a different instrumental break (the original break just repeats part of the vocal melody) and a slightly shortened version of the verse.

 

Cerno more 2

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The original recording, with Todor Kolev on violin and vocals. (I think he also plays the musical blade of grass heard at one point.)

 

 

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Usti, usti baba

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A Macedonian Rom song in cocek rhythm, sung by Esma Redzepova and Usnija Jasarova. “Get up, father, the drums are beating, they’re coming for my sister!”

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Draganin cocek

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A fun little brass band dance instrumental. Add a vamp at the beginning if you like.

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