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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ljubojna: Radio Luboyna

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For Macedonian world music group Luboyna, creating boundary-breaking music is a way of life. Over the course of 15 years, it has wilfully broken boundaries and conventions within its entertaining song structures. In doing so, Luboyna has been successfully navigating the musical opposites of composition and improvisation both in the studio and live and has expanded what is generally known as Balkan Music. While its heart and soul are deeply and firmly rooted in Macedonia and its music traditions, the ...

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Oliver Josifovski: Nezgasnati Ognishta

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With the privately commissioned record “Nezgasnati Ognista" (Unextinguished Hearths) Olivier Josifovski, multiinstrumentalist and band leader of band Ljubojna, adds another chapter in his illustrious career. Even though this project may not bear the name Ljubojna on the cover sleeves, it was recorded with many musicians that are part or were of it, so in a way, this is its “undercover record." Some artists are inspired by musical legacies and traditions, but choose to work strictly within the confines ...

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Ljubojna Brass Fantasy

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With Ljubojna Brass Fantasy, Ljubojna exceeds the exceptionally high standards it has set for itself. For this occasion, that band leader/ bassist Oliver Josifovski has completely changed the concept of the band by using a huge brass orchestra instead of the regular band for a collection of traditional Macedonian songs, only this time coming exclusively from the region of Aegean Macedonia (today's Northern Greece). Experimentation or taking chances with arrangements is not something new for this group or its bandleader. ...

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Ljubojna: Ljubojna in Life

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As a band Ljubojna is a sum of many parts. While folk music is a prominent ingredient in its music, so, too, are jazz, pop, hip-hop, jungle and other forms; for this septet, the folk background is merely just another aspect of its musical Esperanto. All of the musos are more than able, prolific and have a more than solid background in playing jazz, avant and dance music. It is obvious that Ljubojna was not designed with purists in mind ...