9 Aug 2011

Balkan by expressyourselve....

This week we come to the Balkan, a region which took always a focal point of different interests in history, since the ancient times through the Greek culture and the Roman Empire, then the following migrations of different ethnical groups and their settlements in this area.

Balkan extends from the Alps in the north to the Black Sea in the south and the Adriatic Sea in the west and the northern boundary line of Romania. The following states can refer to the region: its European part of Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.

The geographical position of this part of the European continent, as mentioned, brought this space always in political and economic interests of many nations representing their interest in the past and still do.

Balkan has become not only by that a primary issue, rather it is the uniqueness of the composition of people living on the space, and it is this diversity of peoples and their diverse faith communities.

At these space are represented Orthodox and Roman Catholics, Muslims, Judean and as well the much battered and numerous Sinti and Roma community.

In this area became dream a reality, and showed that it is feasible, a living together of different faiths and ethnicities in unity and mutual respect over the decades, to live in peace and happiness.

In this area was also co-founded the counter-balance to the two previously dominant directions in the world of Western and Eastern ways of life, considering a political and economic direction, the movement of nonaligned countries in the world.

This uniqueness of the people showed that is possible to live in peace together, till certain constellation have made it finally to put their interest into the foreground by sedition and waging war.

Nothing new.

But one facet of this community has remained intact and this is the music.

In the following set called Balkans, this Community flipped to reveal how similar or equal this community was and still is.

It deals with the example of the multinational state of Yugoslavia and one of the most important personalities in the music scene Goran Bregović, how this dream is still reality.

There are artists from different areas around the Balkans to confirm homogeneity.

I hope you will like this unique rhythm and the constellation of instruments and voices that arises here.

Sezen Aksu is born as Fatma Sezen Yildirim on July 13, 1954 in Denizli, she is a Turkish pop music singer, song-writer and producer who sold over 40 million albums worldwide. Her nicknames include the "Queen of Turkish Pop" and Minik Serçe ("Little Sparrow").

Aksu's influence on Turkish pop and world music has continued since her debut in 1975, and has been reinforced by her patronage of and collaboration with many other musicians. Her work with Tarkan resulted in continental hits like "Simarik" and "Sikidim," and her collaboration with Goran Bregović widened her international audience.

Aksu's parents discouraged her singing because they wanted her to have a steady profession as a doctor or engineer. She used to wait until they left the house and sing on the family's balcony. After finishing high school, she began studying at the local agricultural institute, but left college to concentrate on music.

She has championed a variety of causes, including women's rights, the environment, and educational reform in Turkey.

Alkistis Protopsalti, born as Alkistis Sevasti Attikuzel is a Greek singer, that was born in 28 October 1954 in Alexandria, Egypt by Egyptiot (Greeks of Egypt) parents. In the age of six (1960), Alkistis moves with her family to Athens, because of the political events that were taking place back then in Egypt.

Her unique magic voice has travelled all over the world trough her extensive tours. Her explosive, dynamic and tender performance “nails” the audience and stirs it up with her Meditteranean temperament.
Alkistis Protopsalti is one of the most important Greek singers and the best performer of the Greek scene.

George Dalaras origin Ntalaras is born on 29.-th of September 1949, is a Greek singer.
He is of international fame and has recently been selected as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. He was born in Nea Kokinia, Piraeus.
As ironically the day he began his studio career was the day that the Greek military junta took over the streets of Athens, and the roads were littered with tanks.

In 1972, Dalaras received his big break in the Greek music industry when the LP Mikra Asia (Asia Minor) went platinum, his first album to do so.

In his almost 40 year singing career, Dalaras has performed in thousands of concerts, and in 1980, entered the era of the live Greek club. Two historical concerts occurred in the Athens Olympic Stadium, attended by more than 160,000 people. This was the largest attendance at a Greek concert, to the point where Rolling Stone magazine commented that Dalaras was responsible for the birth of the Stadium era in Greece.

Boban Marković is a Serbian Romani trumpet player and brass ensemble leader from Vladičin Han, frequently recognized as the greatest trumpet player to emerge from the Balkans. He and his brass band have received world acclaim and won numerous awards.

They have won several of the most important prizes ("Golden Trumpet", "First Trumpet" and "The Best Orchestra") at the Guča trumpet festival, called "Dragačevski Sabor", which has been held every August in Central Serbia's town of Guča, since 1961.

They have played festivals and concerts in Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, USA, Canada, Romania, the Netherlands, Hungary, Great Britain, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Poland, Italy, Austria, Monaco, Germany, France, Denmark, Israel, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Turkey and many wedding parties everywhere.

In 2000 at the Sziget Festival in Hungary, they played at "World Music stage" in front of a 15,000-strong crowd. The British britpop group Oasis was supposed to start at the same time, but as a good portion of the audience was at the Boban Marković Orchestra concert, Oasis waited 30 minutes for the band to finish. J

Boban Marković's son, Marko, has played with the band since 2002. Marko was said to practice ten hours a day before joining with the band.

Slobodan Salijević Cigani Brass Orchestra three time winner of Guča trumpet festival, called "Dragačevski Sabor" in the ’90-ies.

Goran Bregović, is born on 22.-nd of March 1950 in Sarajevo, he is one of the most internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans. Bregović has composed for such varied artists as Iggy Pop and Cesária Évora.

Goran played violin in a music school. However, deemed untalented, he was thrown out during second grade. His musical education was thus reduced to what his friend taught him until Goran's mother bought him his first guitar in his early teens. Bregović wanted to enroll in a fine arts high school, but his aunt told his mother that it was supposedly full of homosexuals, which precipitated his mother's decision to send him to a technical (traffic) school. J.

Bregović played lead guitar and composed most of the music for the rock group Bijelo dugme (White Button). They were one of the most popular bands in SFR Yugoslavia right from their arrival on the scene in 1974 until their folding in 1989.

Bregović performs with a large ensemble of musicians. A brass band, bagpipes, a string ensemble, a tuxedo-clad all-male choir from Belgrade, and traditional Bulgarian and Roma singers make up his 40-piece band and orchestra.

Since 1998, Bregović has been performing his music mainly in the form of concerts all over the world with his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra. This consists of 10 people (in the small version) or 37 (in the large version).

On 7 January 2011, Bregović announced that he will return to live in Sarajevo with his family.

So I hope you will enjoy my rooted music as well. 


01. Allahin varsa - Sezen Aksu
02. Mauro xioni - Alkistis Protopsalti
03. Cocktail molotov - Goran Demirović
04. Kalašnjikov - Slobodan Salijević Cigani Brass Orchestra
05. Čaješukarije čoček - Danjela Ratkova
06. Wedding čoček - Slobodan Salijević Cigani Brass Orchestra
07. Venzinadiko - Alkistis Protopsalti
08. Polizia molto arabbiata - Goran Demirović
09. Mesečina* - Slobodan Salijević Cigani Brass Orchestra
10. So nevo si - Ljudmila & Danijela Radtkova,
                           Lidija Dakova, Dejan Pešić, 
                           Srdjan Pejić & Ogi Radivojević
11. Ki an se thelo - Giorgos Ntalaras
12. Erkekler - Sezen Aksu
13. Underground čoček - Boban Marković Orchestra
14. Maki maki* - Šaban Bajramović
15. Ena tragoudi gia tin Eleni F. - Giorgos Ntalaras
16. O sensin - Sezen Aksu
17. Te kuravle - Vaska Janovska

All songs are written, composed, arranged & produced by Goran Bregović.

* written by Šaban Bajramović

P.S. The artist in several songs are members of The Orchestra for weddings and funerals.

Details to Šaban Bajramović will be on next set Sevdah published. 

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