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Saturday, April 23, 2016 Favoriting
Corinna Škėma Snyder on Macedonian Music

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Anthropologist, singer and musician Corinna Snyder joins us for a look at the rich musical traditions of the Republic of Macedonia. She'll share field recordings from her musical travels in Macedonia as well as other commercial and field recordings.

Corinna is also chairs the board of the East European Folklife Center (EEFC), which promotes East European music and dance in North American and holds annual summer camps / workshops on the east and west coasts. And she’s a member of two Macedonian-style groups: Glas and Odglasi - we’ll sample a couple of new demos by Glas.

We’ll also spotlight Macedonia's iconic Romani singer Esma Redžepova, who is on tour in the U.S through April 30th including stops in our area at Saints Kyril and Metodij Macedonian Orthodox Church, Cedar Grove NJ today (Saturday April 23rd), and in NYC Sunday night (April 24th) at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.

RELATED LINKS for artists on tonight’s show and more:

Help the Veles Chalgija Musicians (pictured above from Corinna’s recent visit): You can support a GoFundMe campaign for Šukri's family's medical expenses:
From the GoFundMe page:
Šukri Aliev is one of the last of his kind: a virtuostic clarinet master of Veleš-style čalgija. This unique and soulful Ottoman-influenced music has almost disappeared, and Šukri and his colleagues Taso, Demir and Mačev struggle to survive as musicians in a city that has fallen on very hard financial times. Šukri's wife is now seriously ill and Šukri can't pay for her medical care. I've created this GoFundMe site to help raise funds for him and his family. Anything you can contribute will help. He is not only a beautiful musician, he is a warm and generous human being. Please help me help him. No gift is too small.

Facebook page for Veles Chalgija:

Link to Smithsonian Folkways site for Martin Koenig’s recently released album of field recordings made in the early 1970s in Macedonia, Playing til Your Soul Comes Out:

Links to Video shot when collecting tunes on Playing Til Your Soul Comes out - reconsituted audio by Milo Destanovski:

Izvor Music, which has CDs and songbooks for sale of traditional macedonian music, including Bajsa Arifovska's Chalgija CD, and music by Dragi Spasovski (Rajna's son):

Youtube channel for Kitka (Eastern macedonian folk troupe):

Soundcloud for GLAS:

Facebook page for GLAS:

Youtube channel with mountains of old/hard to find recordings: Gaston88441:

Pesna - - website with over 1000 different songs, almost all in multiple versions, available for download, along with lyrics.

East European Folklife Center (EEFC):

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

uKanDanz: Endè Iyèrusalém Favoriting / Awo / * (0:00:00 Pop-up)

Imarhan: Imarhan Favoriting / Imarhan / City Slang (Pre-release) / * (0:06:25 Pop-up)
GIG: Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St. Sat May 7, Baby's All Right 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, Sun May 8. Imarhan means "the ones I care about."

Osei Korankye: Y3 Nna Favoriting / Seperewa of Ghana: Emmere Nhyina Nse / Akwaaba Music / * (0:09:50 Pop-up)
GIG: Rockwood Music Hall, Sat May 7

Shadow Ballads Musicians: Beringing Favoriting / Featuring interview excerpt w/ Andy McGraw + performance, from WRIR Richmond's world music show Global Au Go Go, Wed. April 13 2016 (Bill Lupoletti, host; Richard Schellenberg, engineer) (0:17:27 Pop-up)
GIG:Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia 5 E. 68th St: Shadow Ballads. 8 pm. / Global Au Go Go website with links to archives:

Alo Toncov, Mustafa Eminov, Trajce Nasev: Oroto Devojce Devojce crveno jabolce Favoriting / Various Artists: Playing Til Your Soul Comes Out / Smithsonian Folkways (0:37:28 Pop-up)

Alo Toncov, Mustafa Eminov, Trajce Nasev: Pesnata Ibraim Odza Favoriting / Various Artists: Playing Til Your Soul Comes Out / Smithsonian Folkways (0:40:03 Pop-up)

Velesha Chalgija: Bolna mi legnala Lence 'Rzarova Favoriting / Field Recording by Corinna Snyder (0:41:45 Pop-up)

Velesha Chalgija: Ja viknale Pandora na afion Favoriting / Field Recording by Corinna Snyder (0:47:17 Pop-up)

Velesha Chalgija: Osman Pasha Favoriting / Field Recording by Corinna Snyder (0:49:01 Pop-up)

Bajsa Arifovska: Tesko Za Ramo Favoriting / Field Recording by Corinna Snyder (0:53:08 Pop-up)

Mone Dimitrov: Instrumental Favoriting / Field Recording by Corinna Snyder (1:08:45 Pop-up)

KUD 7mi Septemvri - Makedonski Brod: Oj, Devojce Favoriting (1:09:20 Pop-up)

Kitka (Istibanja): Nevencice, Nevenova Favoriting / Kitka (1:12:44 Pop-up)

Milaim Destanovski: Mirvetino Favoriting / Maleševski Zurli (1:15:11 Pop-up)

KUD Orizari: Razbolelo se devojce Favoriting (1:24:55 Pop-up)

Rajna Spasovska: Oblaga Se Bela Mara Favoriting (1:28:52 Pop-up)
Oops - I flipped the order of this and the following song...

Vaska Ilieva, Mile Kolarov, Todor Boškov: Mlad Buljukbasha Favoriting (1:29:36 Pop-up)

Glas: Puknala, Mamo, Tresnala Favoriting (1:33:23 Pop-up)

Pece Atanasovski: Dolgoto Oro Favoriting / Orkestar Pece Atanasovski (1979) (1:43:41 Pop-up)

Angele Dimosvki: Zelenikovka Favoriting (1:47:42 Pop-up)

Kučkovki: Sednal Marko c majka da vechera Favoriting (1:50:40 Pop-up)

Glas: Stani Mome Da Zaigrash Favoriting (1:58:26 Pop-up)

Esma Redžepova: Mojilo Cindilo Favoriting (2:01:35 Pop-up)
GIGs: Saints Kyril and Metodij Macedonian Orthodox Church, Cedar Grove, NJ tonight, Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., Sunday night (April 24)

Esma Redžepova & the Teodosievski Ensemble: Stevo & Esma Cocek Favoriting (2:04:57 Pop-up)

Kheloui Lounes: Aheq Kra Ittessan Iyitran Favoriting / Anda Ten (2:13:40 Pop-up)
GIG: May 13 (Fri) at the Shrine

Haji Saifudin: Jegi Jegi Lailajan Favoriting (2:20:12 Pop-up)

Sandaraa: Jegi Jegi Lailajan Favoriting / Sandaraa (2:27:06 Pop-up)
GIG: May 11 (Wed) at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3

Kengo Saito: Sakura Variations Part 2 Favoriting / Japanistan / * (2:38:54 Pop-up)

Terre Sangue Mare: Rova Ngoma / Palumeddu Favoriting / Terre Sangue Mare / * (2:41:58 Pop-up)

Chartwell Dutiro: Huku Ine Ronda Favoriting / Dendere Ngoma / Music Nest (2:45:15 Pop-up)
GIGs: Barbes Wed May 11 (with Timbila) and MANY more gigs and a seminar in the area - for the full schedule see

Ibrahim Maalouf: Movement III Favoriting / Kalthoum (2:52:10 Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:24pm geezerette:

God I love this show! Thanks Rob. :D
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:26pm coelacanth:

good evening Rob and geezrette, & invisible listeners
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:32pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Another Saturday night in paradise!
Avatar 6:36pm geezerette:

Howdy, coel & Ken! Are we lucky or what?
(rhetorical) :)
Avatar 🎸 6:39pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
  6:49pm Fre:

there is a riot goin on. please support us
  6:52pm Biljana:

Please support the Protestiram movement in Macedonia by raising awareness about the movement's struggle against the authoritarian regime! #протестирам #protestoj #шаренареволуција
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone, thanks for listening!
Avatar 7:04pm geezerette:

Sounds like birth place of klezmer.
Avatar 7:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Turkish, hm...
  7:09pm T4:

This is a great sound. Thanks for this program.
  7:21pm SeanG:

diggin it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm Rob W:

Thanks SeanG, T4 and everyone!
  7:24pm yoryo:

Hello from Grrrreece, thank you for the divine music like listening seeing the natural fields of this great tradition and the moving movement!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:28pm Rob W:

Thanks yoryo!
Avatar 7:47pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Rich, beguiling music. Fascinating erudition from your guest.
Thx so much!
  7:49pm yoryo:

Kilometers of unpaved music! What a gift for nature!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:14pm coelacanth:

Rob, everything i've heard has been gorgeous! for the archives -especially as i missed big patches of the first 1/2.
Avatar 🎸 8:17pm Bas NL:

Thanks very much for the beautiful music and great recordings Corinna!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:18pm coelacanth:

Thanks Corinna!
  8:25pm Mark R:

Rob, thanks for including all the gig info so we can catch some of these beautiful musicians live.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Rob W:

Sure thing Mark R. I know I'm a little obsessive... in fact I also have an events page at where you can see more...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Rob W:

And on behalf of Corinna, thanks coelacanth and everyone!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:27pm coelacanth:

obsession has it's place!
Avatar 8:29pm geezerette:

so true .
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:30pm coelacanth:

...Rob, the image on my left - what kind of music are they playing?
who are they?!
...what are they drinking?!!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:32pm coelacanth:

oh! i see it! never mind! (unless you know what they're drinking!)
Avatar 8:36pm geezerette:

coelacanth,they are a great looking group aren't they.
They have the aspect of classical musicians,you can actually see their commitment on their faces.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm Rob W:

Corinna Mentioned the annual all day Balkan music and dance (and cider drinking!) Wassail at Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg, NY. The date is May 21, fb here:
Avatar 8:38pm geezerette:

& i'd have a glass of whatever it is;I suspect mint tea though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Dave in Vermont:

That FB link for Veles Chalgija has video from the same session that is in the photo at the top of the page.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:42pm coelacanth:

damn. i got excited. that cider festival is close to my home; but i don't think i can afford that.
  8:44pm mink:

cider always wins. ... follow the cider :)
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:44pm coelacanth:

- and yes, geezerette i'll join you! 'want a murphy stout?
  8:45pm T4:

This is such an important program. Thank you for the music and the illuminating talk Rob.
  8:45pm mink:

Cider festivals are the best. Just want a field and one stage and kids and dogs running round.. yey cider festivals
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:45pm coelacanth:

ha! yeh mink. the truth is i KNOW i can't afford it, but that might not stop me!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Dave in Vermont:

hear! hear! T4
Avatar 8:47pm geezerette:

coel, I love stout! I'll have one in your honor. :)
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:48pm coelacanth:'s possible a friend is doing the sound for that too. he does a lot of shows in this area, and he has a particular fondness for music from that general region of the planet. (he's in a balkan group and a turkish group)
  8:49pm mink:

Ah bless you Coel. But you can have a folkie rave at home too. Sometimes the kitchen party folk rave is the best :)
Avatar 8:49pm geezerette:

mink: sounds like a description of heaven. Cheers to cider fests!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:49pm coelacanth:

cheers, geezerette!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm Dave in Vermont:

Thanks, Rob and thanks to Corinna.
  8:52pm mink:

Cheers to all. Coel it sounds kind of special..? Tent / outside gigs are fun. But addictive!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:53pm coelacanth:

well, mink, what i'm scheming (sp?) is that i might pay my way by carrying amps and such.
Avatar 8:53pm geezerette:

:) :D
  8:53pm mink:

I like it I like it :) :) :p
  8:54pm mink:

argh, I need to make an account. The pop maths quizs are killing me! not the time for kuman
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:56pm coelacanth:

actually, i wrote off festivals years ago. i prefer up-close in a small bar to big hype and complication. this seems different though.
...balkan dancing and cider! -it just sounds amazing!
  8:57pm mink:

Jeez, does anyone know what kumon is? I just googled it. It this weird learning class I got sent to.... it almost looks religious...
  8:58pm mink:

yea I can't do big festivals any more.. I want to see the stage! But smaller festivals are good.
Avatar 🎸 8:59pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob; again a great show!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:59pm coelacanth:

mink i never heard of that.
  8:59pm mink:

Awesome show, thanks! awwweesommmmeee
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:00pm coelacanth:

Thank you Rob and Thank you Corinna!
later on folks!
  Swag For Life Member 10:11pm corinna:

Thanks for listening and thanks to Rob for inviting me. Re the Breezy Hill Wassail, truly no one will be turned away for lack of funds, so don't let that hold you back!
  Swag For Life Member 10:13pm corinna:

and re the drinking - the clarinet, violin and ud player are muslim and drinking soft drinks. the dajre player is orthodox and he was having a touch of rakija, "for the voice."
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