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January 13, 2011

World Library of Folk and Primitive Music Volume V: Yugoslavia - Various


1951 and Yugoslavian communist regime green-lights folk festival of premiere village musicians from across what we call Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia to celebrate folk culture and promote a single national identity. Faced with the stunning, otherworldy diversity of sounds presented across these two CDs the enterprise was, in ideological terms, doomed to failure. Later sad events cast their own comment on the wider agenda.

Politics aside, these recordings offer a unique window upon a strange other country. An east-west interzone of vaguest provenance; weird, compelling and grounded in rich untouchable tradition. Dances, ballads, choirs, tamburica players and multifarious unknowable others.

Oddi wrth y brawd
another time
another place

8 comments:

WOO DOPS said...

I'm very interested in this music. Thanks for sharing. I have the Indian LP in the series, very good as well. By the way, love your blogger header pic, where was it taken, somewhere in Wales?

Y Brawd said...

Enjoy. I'd be interested in a link to the Indian recording in the series if you have it to share.

Great image isn't it? Not sure where. Looks like Wales. Could equally be North England I guess. Came across it by accident (Google image search "Current 93 mockingbird") Mocking bird is a track on C93's Soft Black Stars.

WOO DOPS said...

Think I might have a dl of it, I'll get back to you. Great rock formation! Good find!

Y Brawd said...

Cheers WD and thanks for linking. Have linked to your doo wop site. World needs more doo wop.

WOO DOPS said...

Link ready,
http://www.multiupload.com/0SP93RIL8A
let me know after you have grabbed it, will remove it.

Y Brawd said...

Duly grabbed. cheers.

WOO DOPS said...

No problem

Joshua said...

Does anybody have the Spain edition of this (Vol. 4)? It's been out of print for ages, and I'm trying to get my hands on a copy.