Balkan party music in Seattle

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I bavlal purdela

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018 in 4/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

This song by the late legendary Serbian Rom singer Saban Bajramovic asks, “I waited for you to come to me, girl, why didn’t you?” We’ve seen many versions of the Romani lyrics and trust these. We play the song in maqsum rhythm for the dance jeni jol.

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Hanuma

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in 4/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A Bosnian sevdalinka song about marrying a girl on her 16th birthday. We’ve played this as a tango and, with a maqsum beat, as a jeni jol.

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Moj dilbere

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in 4/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A Bosnian song from the sevdah tradition, in what I hope is a sardonic female voice. It can accompany the women’s dance, danced by both sexes in the U.S., called jeni jol. Some recordings include an additional vocal phrase now omitted by some performers, including us.

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Corroro (Phirav mange korkoro)

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in 4/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

Accordionist Dusko Petrovic wrote this song in the late 1960s, recorded it in one take and had an instant hit. We play two versions: a slow version with a maqsum beat, to accompany the dance called jeni jol, and a fast version as a cocek.

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Ne klepeci nanulama

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

A sad but lovely Bosnian song written by Husain Kurtagic. Nedzad Salkovic’s recording made it a hit in the early 1980s. The singer asks his wife not to come down the steps to the balcony in her wooden clogs, because the sound reminds him of the way his dead mother used to come down the steps. This is for listening, not dancing.

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