The search continues. Undeterred by almost total failure to find music worth listening to in Montenegro we cross the border into what was post 1945 until the fall of its communist government in the wave of change in the end of the 1980s. Changes in Albania began in December 1990. Albania was surrounded by Yugoslavia Read more about Albania[…]
It is more than a month since my last post. It is more than seasonal torpidity that has kept me back. But it is largely. I’m fully conscious that I write this for myself – if anyone happens across it and reads it all the better. If you are that person I hope you enjoy it.
This instalment comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I was supposed to be in Sarajevo this week last year, but I cancelled the trip when I saw the weather forecast. Looking at the street cam for Sarajevo, there is no snow there today.
I was in Ljubljana on a Saturday morning to record some of the sounds of the streets. Particularly the street music and the other music seeping out of buildings in the historic old town.
Gaye Su Akyol’s influences, she says, include the veteran, highly political Turkish folk singer Selda Bağcan along with Nick Cave and Grace Slick, and the result is a set of compositions that are both dramatic and distinctly Turkish.
Amira Medunjanin is the finest exponent of sevdah, the melancholy and emotional folk music of Bosnia, and is remarkable not just for her clear, pained voice, but for the way she balances respect for ancient styles with experiment.
Dej še’n litro – the name does not translate well in Bing or Google translators. Actually it translates as nonsense, which is probably appropriate. At the end of a good night on the town someone will turn to another and say “Let’s have another round.” Or “Dej še’n litro” in Slovene. The only time I Read more about Dej še’n litro[…]
As the paint splattered, “Colourful Revolution” continues in Macedonia, and in part as a response, the country’s President Gjorge Ivanov has revoked pardons for 22 of 56 politicians, which sparked the protests.
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The Eurovision Song Contest is but 2 weeks away and the non-musical pseudo political rumbles have begun. Sympathy, please for the people of Romania who will neither be represented on the Eurovision stage, even though they had a qualifier Moment of Silence by Ovidiu Anton [YouTube] or see the show on TV, but why? Find Read more about Slovenia & Balkan Weekly News Briefing – Week Ending 1 May 2016[…]
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