Cultures at the Crossroads with Dragi Spasovski, The Mehanatones, Black Sea Surf
Friday , Nov 2, 2012 • 7:30 PM • $15,$10adv children free
Famed Macedonian singer-dancer, Dragi Spasovski, and the Balkan band, The Mehanatones, present an evening of traditional Macedonian song and dance, featuring traditional instruments on songs rarely heard, some almost lost to antiquity.
They will be joined by Black Sea Surf. With crashing waves of sound, this hot new Balkan band enlivens the traditional sounds of Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, the Roma, Turkey, and more with modern instrumentation and interpretation. Whammy bars and foot pedal effects!
Dance lessons at 7:30pm, Music at 8:30pm. Ethnic food by Hristo Kolev. Davida Munkres will be teaching Turkish and Macedonian dances! Advance tickets www.brownpapertickets.com/event/290893
In 1966, encouraged by his mother, Rajna Spasovska, who was already recording for the Macedonian National Radio, he made his first attempt at professional singing. He had a trial recording with Radio Skopje’s Izvoren Orkestar. At the first rehearsal with the orchestra, his life was totally changed.
In 1976 he recorded intensively with all three radio orchestras. Singing became a very important part of his life. This was the period when he did most of his radio recordings, eventually completing over 100 songs for the National Radio of Macedonia.
Most of the songs Dragi has recorded he learned from his mother, “songs which were inside of me since I was a child, songs which I shared with myself and others when I was happy and when I was sad. The song was, is, and will be a description of me, a picture of my soul.” The general editor of the Folk Department of Radio Skopje, in one of the programs featuring Dragi, said, “Dragi Spasovski did not find singing a main source of his existence, rather for him it was a cultural exchange.” To which Dragi adds, “Singing is the voice of my soul.”
The MEHANATONES perform urban and village dance music from the Balkans & Anatolia. Like the working Chalgia orchestras of the last century, we perform a wide variety of dance tunes from the many ethnic groups living throughout these regions. Our sets include fasils; suites incorporating classical Ottoman and folk repertoire utilizing typical Ottoman Turkish instrumentation of ney, oud & dajre. You will also hear Slavic & Greek repertoire from the rural villages of Macedonia, Bulgaria & northern Greece performed on gajda, kaval, tambura & tupan. You may also experience urban Greek Rebetika performed on bouzouki & baglama as well as comparatively modern Rom (Gypsy) & Serbian dances performed on accordion, trumpet & electric guitar.
Black Sea Surf
Crashing waves of sound!
This hot Balkan band enlivens the traditional sounds and instrumentation
Come enjoy dancing all your Balkan favorites (and maybe find some new
No telling what you'll find in the Black Sea surf... but to find out
Radka Varimezova - lead vocal
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