Balkan party music in Seattle

Phirava daje

Posted on Oct 2, 2018

Phirava daje is a Rom song heard in Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo that tells a charming love story. We learned it from Carol Silverman at balkanalia!, the dance and music camp held near Portland every summer. We play it with a Bo Diddley beat, to which people often do the dance cocek.

(Ph = hard p + h, not f. Kh = hard k + h, not Scots loch.)


Phirava daje

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Our source recording isn’t online, but here’s a version sung by Safet Ibrahimi with a slightly different break:


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