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Album Review

Chalgia Sound System: Chalgia Sound System

Read "Chalgia Sound System" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Despite becoming a genre of its own in these modern times, folk music goes deeper than that. Folk music of any culture is the music of the common people--their voice, a medium where thoughts and emotions have been tightly knit. It is music by the people, about the people and for the people. In a modern context, it is a well from which modern music has drawn to establish its foundation. The tradition of chalgia music is at the root ...


Album Review

String Forces: Silky Way

Read "Silky Way" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

When String Forces was founded, its initial idea and mission, as the name itself suggests, was to create and perform acoustic music. As time went on, the name of the band remained, but its music changed and matured, welcoming electronics, samples and even rhythm machines, combined with live drumming. The group's first self-titled album, although praised by critics, passed almost unnoticed by the public. The second, titled Izohronia, showed a significant leap forward, revealing a remarkable range of sounds, emotions ...


Extended Analysis

Kaldrma: Macedonian Chalgia Music (Keepers Of Tradition)

Read "Kaldrma: Macedonian Chalgia Music (Keepers Of Tradition)" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Kaldrma is an older type of stone road that was built throughout the Balkans Peninsula during the Ottoman rule. It is now regarded as a kind of a monument or a leftover from the past, a type of road no longer built, yet still trodden upon. Symbolically it was taken as a metaphor for a type of music (chalgia) that is no longer performed (at least not in its original form), yet still popular and part of ...


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