Balkan party music in Seattle

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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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Cudna jada od Mostara grada

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A Bosnian sevdalinka song about the tribulations of young love. We play this for listening, not for a particular dance, though the first video shows a line of women doing a simple kolo.

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Belmont

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A hot dance instrumental written by Yuri Yunakov, a Bulgarian Rom virtuoso on alto sax and clarinet, who used to play with Ivo Papazov’s legendary Bulgarian wedding band and now lives in New York. We play it as a cocek.

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Eli, Eli

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A love song performed by the Albanian Rom band Kurbeti. We play it as a cocek.

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Lule te bukura ka Tirana

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A beautiful song from Merita Halili, the superb Albanian singer living in New York. “Don’t despair, I’m still yours.” Our good friend Greta from Tirana loves dancing to this song when we play it live at Georgia’s, our favorite Greek restaurant in Seattle. We sing it in a lower key than Merita does.

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