Balkan party music in Seattle

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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Liljano mome Liljano

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in 7/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A dance song in 7/8 well known in Bulgaria and Macedonia, about a girl who’s sick in bed but makes a miraculous recovery when her boyfriend shows up at the door. Take it up a step to B minor if you prefer.

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Opa cupa

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in 2/4, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A song by the legendary Bosnian Rom singer Saban Bajramovic in a bouncy 2/4 rhythm that works well for the Serbian dance u Ε‘est. We repeat one phrase that he doesn’t.

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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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Gjura beli belo platno

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in 5/8, Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

A song in the 5/8 dance rhythm called pajdusko in Bulgaria, also known in Macedonia and Greece. Some say it resembles the beat of a human heart.

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Ibrahim

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Balkan Sheet Music | 0 comments

“You have done an awful thing, you have forgotten about my love.” A rocking dance song in cocek rhythm with music and vocals by the immortal Macedonian Rom singer Esma Redzepova and lyrics by Ervin Redep.

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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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