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Željo Destanovski | Zurla Melodies from Maleševo

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Zurla Melodies from Maleševo

by Željo Destanovski

Recorded in Skopje, this CD features traditional Macedonian folk music from the region of Maleševo, performed by the characteristic village ensemble of two zurlas (a boisterous wooden reed instrument) and a tapan (a large drum).
Genre: World: Balkan
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kasapsko Pravo Oro
4:42 $0.99
2. Kantalena
4:12 $0.99
3. Fermene
5:16 $0.99
4. Čangulovo
3:46 $0.99
5. Odžovoto Oro
4:52 $0.99
6. Džaferovo Oro
4:07 $0.99
7. Ratevsko Oro
4:13 $0.99
8. Rusinsko Oro
2:43 $0.99
9. Željova Gajda
4:43 $0.99
10. Kondurki
5:09 $0.99
11. Maleševski Splet
5:54 $0.99
12. Kumovo Šareno
3:27 $0.99
13. Vladimirsko Oro (Olan, Olan)
3:05 $0.99
14. Aj, Kato Litaš Garvanovo Pile
4:13 $0.99
15. Dumaj, Zlate, Dumaj
2:34 $0.99
16. Ajde Puška Pukna Zegoskata Maala
2:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Željo Destanovski was born in 1942 into a Roma family of musicians in the eastern Macedonian village of Ratevo, located in the Maleševo region of the Republic of Macedonia. The music of the zurla (a boisterous wooden reed instrument) and tapan (a large drum) has been in Željo’s family for generations. His grandfather, Kantur, and his father, Rifat both played zurla, while other members of his family played tapan. Željo had a great passion and longing (“merak”) to learn the zurla, and eventually made his entire living playing for weddings, dances, and other occasions.

In 1963, the National Ensemble of Folk Music and Dance, Tanec, sent a special delegation to the village of Rusinovo to hear Željo play at a wedding, and they eventually invited him to join the ensemble. For many years, he was their lead zurla player.

Although Željo was featured on many Tanec lps, his own repertoire from Maleševo was never recorded. In 2008, Macedonian musician Goran Alachki compiled an outstanding selection of Željo’s regional dance tunes and offered it to Izvor Music for wider distribution. I am grateful to Goran for his collaboration on this project, and honored that this CD will help preserve and pass on Željo’s musical legacy to future generations.



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