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 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.
Episode 50 Snošti go vidov ubavoto Stojne
This song, popular throughout Macedonia, was originally recorded by Aleksandar Sarievski. Dragi talks about Sarievski and his contemporaries.
Episode 49 Izgore selo Trnovo
Another song from the repertoire of Dragi's mother, Rajna Spasovska. Dragi continues his discussion of his mother's singing history and her colleagues, including a review of vocalists and groups from the Tetovo and Kumanovo areas.
Episode 48 Crna ce čuma zadade
This well-known ballad about Goce Delčev is sung all over Macedonia. Dragi talks about the first person to record it, Mirvet Belovska, and about some of the many singers who've recorded it since.
Episode 47 Ḱerko, mori, Ḱerko
This love song from the Tetovo region is an example of how hidden love is expressed in the lyrics. Dragi also talk about Olga Sičan and his recent conversations with her family, and the Gavrovski trios.
Episode 46 Ne spi, Jano
This song describes a brave woman who wards off a potential assault and joins her love to fight in the mountains. Dragi describes other songs of strong women. He also relates a conversation he had with Vaska Ilieva about how she chose songs to record.
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!