Balkan party music in Seattle

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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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Osman Aga

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

Muharem Serbezovski sings about a guy who offers to buy Osman Aga’s daughter for a barrel of rakija. Osman Aga’s response is not recorded. We play this as a cocek with disco tendencies.

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Bubamara

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

Audiences always like this song from the Emir Kusturica movie “Black Cat White Cat,” a dark comedy about petrol smuggling and a wedding where almost anything can and does happen, including a return from the dead. We do the vocals, but not the same musical arrangement.

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