Sunday, November 22, 2009

Joca (Mlinko) Mimika - part IV

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.

Ej gledaj muže

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sofka Nikolić (Part 2)

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.

Čuješ Seko

Zone, mori Zone

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Donations needed

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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Before I start a permanent list of people who have given money to this project I want to say thank you to Ted Shatlan who was so kind to send a donation back in August. And thank you to Dragoljub Pokrajac who just made a generous contribution to help me get this going again. You are the first two donors and I just want to tell you that it means so much to have your support. Thank you!