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