56 episodes

David Bilides & Dragi Spasovski are your hosts for discussions and samples of all 54 Macedonian folk songs in Dragi's 3-CD project, as well as stories about the recordings, musicians, Dragi's life, and Macedonian culture in general.

Macedonian Postcards David Bilides & Dragi Spasovski

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David Bilides & Dragi Spasovski are your hosts for discussions and samples of all 54 Macedonian folk songs in Dragi's 3-CD project, as well as stories about the recordings, musicians, Dragi's life, and Macedonian culture in general.

    Episode 56 Tri godini, Kate, bolen ležam

    Episode 56 Tri godini, Kate, bolen ležam

    Dragi discusses the long history of the Ohridski Trubaduri, who originally recorded this love song. He also talks at length about the wonderful vocalist Vanja Lazarova.

    • 43 min
    Episode 53 Snošti te prativ na voda, Ḱerko

    Episode 53 Snošti te prativ na voda, Ḱerko

    This love song from the Debar region features the wonderful singer, Kiril Mančevski. Dragi also talks about ornamentation, and wedding traditions.

    • 37 min
    Episode 54 Urva Fanka

    Episode 54 Urva Fanka

    Dragi talks about the four major women's vocal groups from Aegean Macedonia, how they came to be formed, and the importance of cultural context and hidden meanings in songs.

    • 29 min
    Episode 55 Stani, bre sine Stojane

    Episode 55 Stani, bre sine Stojane

    Dragi talks about some of the traditions found in line dancing, and some ways romancing was carried out. He then spends the majority of the podcast talking about the extraordinary legendary vocalist Vaska Ilieva.

    • 51 min
    Episode 52 Mome ore zeleni livadi

    Episode 52 Mome ore zeleni livadi

    Dragi discusses another of his mother's songs, from the Kumanovo area. He talks about the differences between čalgija, urban, and izvoren melodies, and how musical arrangement decisions were made for recordings.

    • 19 min
    Episode 51 Ori mome lastar mome

    Episode 51 Ori mome lastar mome

    Another song from the Tetovo area, originally sung by Olga Sičan, about a girl who cannot marry due to a death in the family. Dragi talks about these customs.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

M. Baloski ,

Love this!!!

I'm so happy to have found this in depth explanation of traditional Macedonian folk music. You brought me to tears and close to my beautiful Baba I lost too many years ago. My 3 year old son loves this too. He's fascinated. I'm buying your CDs!

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