Charming Hostess * Dali Tzerni (RealAudio)
A non-love song from Pirin-Macedonia, usually
sung at weaving parties. "Aren't my eyes black enough for
you? Your eyes are black enough, but I don't want them."
Zabe i Babe * Sjaj Mjesece (Shine Moon) (RealAudio)
A newly composed Bosnian folk song about love.
A woman tells the moon to shine on her darling to make him restless,
sighing for her in his sleep.
Brave Combo * Hosa Dyna (RealAudio)
In this Polish song, a man journeys from Krakow
to wed his beloved Mary against her family's wishes, and threatens
to kill himself if he cannot.
Immigrant Suns * Surfin' Albania (RealAudio)
Traditional Albanian tune done surf style (in
case you ever find yourself shredding the waves off the coast
Slobo Horo * Esma (RealAudio)
Slobo Horo's arrangement of a popular Rom song.
"Esma, why did you leave me? I don't know what to do without
Grupi Albanët * Hajde Bukuri
(Come, Beauty) (RealAudio)
An Albanian love song. The singer thinks about
this beautiful girl day and night. He wants her to give her love
to him, because he can't live without her.
The Reptile Palace
Orchestra * Godecki Cacak
every other cacak on Planet Earth is from Serbia, this one, naturally,
is not. Rather, it comes from the small town of Godec, just inside
Bulgaria near the main Serbian-Bulgarian border crossing at Caribrod
Széki Kurva * The Stars Are Shining [Radio Edit] (RealAudio)
techno breakbeats over Greek bouzouki sample loops and Essex-accented
Serbo-Croat vocals from London's finest Gypsy Band. "Hey,
my darling...that I'll be yours, well that's a lie"
Farmers Market * Gankino Horo
classic Bulgarian Kopanica, played at an equally classic thrash
tempo in a minute flat.
& Ensemble "Harmonia"
* Geamparalele Tsambalul (RealAudio)
Newly-composed song for cimbalom, based on a
7/16 dance rhythm orginating in Romania.
Balkan Tribes * Zurle (RealAudio)
A house version of an old Macedonian saber dance.
The Klezmatics * An Undoing World (RealAudio)
An excerpt from the theatre piece 'It's an Undoing
World,' or Why Should It Be Easy When It Can Be Hard, by Tony
Annabouboula * Ti Se Meli (What Do You Care) (RealAudio)
First recorded in the 1920's, this Greek Asia
Minor folk song became a kind of blues anthem for over a million
Greeks who were forced to leave their homelands in Turkey and
resettle in shanty towns around Athens and elsewhere. "What's
it matter to you where I'm from - since you don't love me?"
and Márta Sebestyén
* Máramarosi táncok (Maramaros Dances) (RealAudio)
song collected by Béla Bartók in 1913, reworked
with dancing. "Hey my little lover / Don't be shivering
Garmarna * Halling from Macedonia (RealAudio)
Based on a tune that the band learned from a
group of Macedonian people. It has the same rhythm as a halling,
a dance most common in Norway.
Meira Asher with
Kocani Orkestar * Tiring
mother gives up her baby into safety before soldiers arrest and
Zlatne Uste Balkan
Brass Band * Kako Kolan Da Se Vijem (Like a Belt I'll Wind)
songstress Usnija Redzepova recorded this Serbian-language song
with the legendary Bakija Bakic' brass band from the southern
Serbian town of Vranje. It captures a moment of flirtation: "Come
on Dance, forget the belt... Better that my gentle arm wind around
Mike Watt &
Masina * Izniknami Badem
Macedonian. "What is dearest to you in this world? Is it
money, power or gold, or is it love?"
Sviraj * Rece Cica (RealAudio)
From the Banat region of Serbia. "My uncle
says that it is time to marry, but my aunt says that it is not."
Three Mustaphas Three * Anapse To Tsigaro [Live] (RealAudio)
Sung in Greek, live in Germany 1988; a tough
song from tougher times. "Light a cigarette and to hell
with the world!"
Boiled in Lead * Shopetzki Kopanitsa (RealAudio)
Three dance tunes from western Bulgaria.