Ana Ćurčin is a folk singer born in Baghdad, Iraq, raised in Moscow, Russia, and currently residing in Belgrade, Serbia. And she sings Americana beautifully. What a world we live in.
The Macedonian Gypsy singer Usnija Redžepova passed away today at the age of 69. I cannot say if she is related to her fellow Gypsy countrywoman, Esma, but when Usnija was young, she looked like Monica Belluci fronting a Roma band. RIP.
Duško Gojković made his name in the former Yugoslavia. He collaborates here with the Sarajevo Big Band out of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
One wonders if Blaxploitation soundtracks were big in the Former Yugoslavia. Here’s Serbian bandleader Angelo Vlatković funking out.
Aleksandar ‘Saša’ Subota was a jazz musician from Belgrade, Serbia, who was quite a big player in the ex-Yugoslavian jazz scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Here, he does sterling work in covering Herbie Hancock’s 1962 classic.
Less a piece of music and more a gaggle of birds having their caterwauling manipulated expertly by Ivana Stefanović, who composed this piece of sound art inside the studios of Radio Belgrade.
Pavle Aksentijević is a living, breathing repository of Serbian music, both sacred and secular, as well as an icon painter and member of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Here he is performing with a group called Zapis. Consider hunting down his work on record, or check out samples over at Youtube.
I’m a fan of the Balkan singing voice, as it is rich in the way Tom Waits and Paolo Conte are. This is a new name for me, presumably out of Serbia. I’m looking forward to hearing more from Block Out.
Facebook’s Eastern Orthodox Christian bard has posted a new poem in honor of his trip to Serbia: Summer speaks In the game of the dawn Speaks the world in birdsong chorus So wonderful stand the trees In the window framed Framed in the memory that speaks The beauty of the new day Cooing of the …