Balkan party music in Seattle

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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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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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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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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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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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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