Various Artists

Gipsy Music of Macedonia & Neighbouring Countries

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Withering blasts from nasally Zurlas and staccato sounding double-headed Davul drums form the foundation of this fine CD. Recorded by Wolf Dietrich throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Gipsy Music of Macedonia & Neighbouring Countries presents over a dozen impressive field recordings. Beginning with dance tunes from Macedonia, this aural expedition mimics the routes taken by the Gypsies, winding its way through the Balkans. Gypsy performers from Kosovo, Greece, Rumania, and Turkey are all heard here. If lively outdoor dance music built upon odd-meter rhythms and trance-inducing melodies sounds interesting to you, then definitely check this one out.

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