(Words by Goran Bregovic, music trad. arr.Atanasov, Teodosijev, Lausevic Eriksen.)
I feel the new spring brush my shoulder,
Lily of the
valley is left to soak overnight before St. George's Day, and women and
girls begin the day before dawn by washing themselves with the fragranced
water. This beautiful pre-Christian holiday is celebrated particularly
by Orthodox Christians and by Roma, both
Pain, oh, how it hurts me
"Pain" is one of the greatest hits of a Sarajevo singer Haris Dzinovic. Songs in the "newly composed folk music" genre typically speak with an emotional directness that is sometimes considered unsophisticated, even cheesy. The fact is, the sentiments are familiar and real, and the music is often great.
3. Sjaj mjesece
"Shine Moon" is, like any good newly composed folk song, about love. In this case a woman tells the moon to shine on her darling to make him restless, sighing for her in his sleep.
4. Lipe cvatu
Lindens are blooming
to be a linden tree alley in Sarajevo, along River Miljacka, that was full
of couples in love, hence the association between lindens and love for
Sarajevans. Goran Bregovic wrote the song in 1984 using folk and
electric instruments together. Now every village brass band
5. Esma cocek
Get up! You can't sit still when the AnsamblTeodosijevski is playing. This tune is named for Esma Redzepova, the "Queen of Romani Music and Dance".
6. Zuta baba
song about a grandmother's dream of a loom and things that go "boom-boom".
Based on a traditional tune from north-eastern Bosnia, our song is composed
of parts written completely independently of each other on two continents,
but which happened to go together
7. Dobro dosli
8. Selo moje
is a becarac from the seasonal village Razaslje on Mount Bjelasnica near
Sarajevo. Tragically, this village as well as all the fourteen Muslim
villages on the mountain are among the many that were completely destroyed
during the war. Its inhabitants have been
A deep intertwining of sadness and joy permeates all genres of Bosnian music, including many of the songs on this record. There is sadness in even the liveliest dance tunes, and celebration in even the most haunting highland melody. This song celebrates the basil flower and its role in spring love. Giving a girl a stem of basil flower means you intend to propose to her.
10. Ganga(Ljubav traje dragi godinama)
The close harmonies
and sjecanje("cutting ornaments") characteristic of this genre help carry
the sound and enable the singers to be heard all around the mountain.
This ganga has the same words as number 14 and is also from Mt. Bjelasnica,
but from a different village.
11. Lazaricka (Ovo drvo rodno bilo)
A ritual song
performed on St. Lazarus day among Serbs for the fertility and blessing
of the family, fields, flocks, orchards etc. In this circuitous song,
Lazarice (the singers) are singing to the tree to be fruitful with three
apples on a tiny branch and a falcon on the third one. The falcon
is singing about the song that Lazarice sang to the tree.
12. Sevdalinka (Il' je vedro, il' oblacno)
is a traditional Muslim urban genre devoted to love. Its name originates
from the Turkish word sevda meaning love, desire. "Is it fair, or
cloudy?" is a sad song about impossible love between Ibrahim Bay and the
13. Kajda(Necu sela kleti ni jednoga)
I will not curse any village because I do
They tell me your flower is drunk;
Kajda or izgovaralic
(pronouncing song) is an older genre of traditional polyphony similar to
ganga with the exception that all of the singers are pronouncing the lyrics.
This song comes from the village of Gornji Lukomir on Mount Bjelasnica
and expresses the worries of young
14. Ganga (Ljubav traje dragi godinama)
Love lasts for years.
15. Sarena guja
humorous song about a colorful serpent sleeping on top of the hill and
a man who is afraid that the serpent will bite his darling. Get it?
The queen bee (majka) and the "sisters"(seka) are charmed into the new beehive through threats of rain, suggestions and promises of shelter and protection, and also through the sounds of clicking stones, whistling, and singing.
17. Lepo Pevam
beautifully, I can be heard from far away" is a Serbian song that tells
about a girl and the three suitors who respond to her singing. It
seems to work on birds, at least.
18. Visoko Drvo
The tall tree has no shade.
The beautiful girl has no kin.
M I R J A N A L A U S E V I C
T I M E R I K S E N
Tracks 1-6, 18 recorded live (with
a few overdubs)
zabe i babe