Violinist, singer, and band leader Joca (Mlinko) Mimika, from the town of Mol in northern Serbia, was one of the greatest musicians of the early 20th century and we're extremely fortunate that he recorded so prolifically. The works of renowned Serbian composer and tamburitza musician Marko Nešić seem to make up a significant part of Mimika's discography, and this track, Ej gledaj muže (Ej vidiš muže kakvo mi je lice), is a great example. The free, improvisational style of this performance is typical of his soulful, heartfelt interpretations of Nešić's compositions.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
These two beautiful songs were recorded in Serbia in the late 1920's with Sofka and an unnamed Gypsy (Rom) orchestra (possibly Sofka's husband's group). The first side features a lively version of Čuješ Seko with Sofka playing the tambourine. The second track, Zone mori Zone, from the play Zona Zamfirova (Зона Замфирова), based on Serbian author Stevan Sremac's book, is one of my all time favorite songs, and Sofka's intense, powerful interpretation makes this my favorite version as well.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
-UPDATE-OK, the music files should all be working now. Please let me know if any of the links don't work and I'll fix them.
This is very confusing, but the company that I was using to host my music files, BOXSTR.COM has apparently split into two different companies. One of them told me that my files were gone and that they wouldn't give me a refund - and the other is staying the same and still has all of my mp3s and account information. Since I've already paid I've decided to use them until I can find a better company.
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