Balkan party music in Seattle

7/8

Nazad, nazad mome Kalino

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

Fatal Attraction in Bulgaria: The other woman refuses to take no for an answer. We play this as a lesnoto dance song in 7/8.

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Voljela sam, voljela

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A song in 7/8 meter about unrequited love. Written by Milic Vukasinovic, who went on to become the drummer for the famous Sarajevo rock band Bijelo Dugme, it sold a million copies in 1978 and made a star of Bosnian sevdalinka singer Hanka Paldum. We play it as a lesnoto dance tune.

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Milo mou kokkino

Posted by on May 29, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A song from the Macedonia region of Greece, in which a husband wonders why his wife is not at home. We play it for the dance kalamatianos in 7/8.

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Ajde red se redat

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A lesnoto dance song from Macedonia. The arrangement here is from a performance by the great singer Vaska Ilieva. I remember first hearing the song on an LP by the People’s International Silver String band from the San Francisco Bay area in California.

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Ako umram il’ zaginam

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A Macedonian lesnoto dance song beloved by emigres, often heard later in the evening. We play one of several versions of the instrumental break.

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Snijeg pade

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A lovely 7/8 song from Bosnia in the traditional style called sevdalinka. American folk dancers can do a lesnoto to this.

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