Thursday, 24 July 2014
Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia Boast Three of the World’s Best Music Festivals Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia Boast Three of the World’s Best Music Festivals

There is nothing like an open-air music festival to celebrate the warm temperatures, the holiday mood and the overall excitement of summer. Until not too long ago, such events were mostly unheard... Full Story



Macedonia: Esma Redžepova's Passion for Humanity
Macedonia: Esma Redžepova's Passion for Humanity

"A Gypsy from the city of Skopje", as she calls herself, Esma Redžepova has more than 40 years of singing and humanitarian efforts under her belt. Full Story


The Choir that Turned England a Bit Bulgarian
The Choir that Turned England a Bit Bulgarian

One of the few constant sources of pride for Bulgarians is traditional folk music, and especially singing. But not the Oriental-beats-modified kind that often booms in nightclubs, giving their... Full Story


Bansko Jazz Festival in Bulgaria: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music
Bansko Jazz Festival in Bulgaria: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

Although Bankso is still best known as Bulgaria’s biggest and most modern winter resort and a skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts’ favourite, the town – nestled in the Pirin Mountain, has also... Full Story


Summer Festivals Bring the Sound of Music to Turkey
Summer Festivals Bring the Sound of Music to Turkey

As a supplement to its traditional attractions – ancient ruins, Medieval mosques, crowded bazaars and turquoise waters bathed in sunlight, Turkey also offers its summer visitors an array of... Full Story


Bulgaria: Jazz + Festival Kicks off the Summer in Sofia
Bulgaria: Jazz + Festival Kicks off the Summer in Sofia

The fifth edition of the Jazz + Festival, which will take place June 12 to 14, is another reason to visit Bulgaria’s capital at that time of the year. The festival will bring several world-class... Full Story


Serbia: A Sizzling Summer of Music in Belgrade
Serbia: A Sizzling Summer of Music in Belgrade

4 May 2009 | The announcement that legends of rock U2 will be playing Zagreb this summer caused mass excitement; the Balkans now seem definitively on ‘the map’ of the biggest popular artists. As... Full Story


16-Year Old Kejsi Tola to Represent Albania in Eurovision Song Contest
16-Year Old Kejsi Tola to Represent Albania in Eurovision Song Contest

20 March 2009 | Kejsi Tola, a student at the Art College of Tirana, will be heading to Moscow this year for Eurovision. She cleared her own path to Moscow by winning the National Song Festival in... Full Story


Serbia Surprises with Choice of Little-Known Singer for Eurovision

12 March 2009 | A little-known Serbian singer and composer, Marko Kon, has surprised many by emerging as his country's representative at the 54th Eurovision in Moscow.
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Romania Places Eurovision Hopes on Elena Gheorghe
Romania Places Eurovision Hopes on Elena Gheorghe

Elena Gheorghe will represent Romania at the Eurovision semifinal in Moscow in May with the song "The Balkan Girls" after winning the national competition against 11 other acts on January... Full Story


Toshe Proeski’s Posthumous Album Released in Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia
Toshe Proeski’s Posthumous Album Released in Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia

27 January 2008 | The debut English album of Toshe Proseki, Macedonia’s beloved pop singer, was released posthumously on Sunday in order to mark 28 years from his birth.
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At Macedonia’s Concert for Toshe Proeski, a Huge Outpouring of Love and Sadness
At Macedonia’s Concert for Toshe Proeski, a Huge Outpouring of Love and Sadness

7 October 2008 | Macedonia, and indeed the entire Balkans, were transfixed on Sunday night by an event much larger than its confines in Skopje’s City Stadium. The massive humanitarian concert for... Full Story


EXIT Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia: Overnight Exile in the Fortress
EXIT Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia: Overnight Exile in the Fortress

Located roughly in the middle between Bulgaria's Black Sea and Croatia’s Adriatic coasts, which are both shaken by high-energy rock parties each July, Novi Sad hosts one of the most significant... Full Story


Ethno-Jazz: Vlatko Stefanovski
Ethno-Jazz: Vlatko Stefanovski

The two modern forms of Balkan folk music - pop folk and ethno-jazz - differ as a hand-rolled cigarette and an expensive cigar.
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Experimenting with Eastern Orthodox Chants
Experimenting with Eastern Orthodox Chants

Milen Ivanov/Daniel Spasov | Thou Art Blessed, Lord |Kuker Music, 2007 Full Story


Unbearable Nostalgia, After Theo Angelopoulos
Unbearable Nostalgia, After Theo Angelopoulos

Eleni Karaindrou | Elegy of the Uprooting |Crammed/Dyukyan Meloman, 2006
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Esma Redžepova, the Institution
Esma Redžepova, the Institution

If it is true that interesting women, as they advance in age, become like cathedrals, then Esma would be Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família.
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Eclectic Gypsy Brass, Bulgarian Version
Eclectic Gypsy Brass, Bulgarian Version

Brass Orchestra Karandila | Cyclops Camel | Messechina Music, 2005

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A Gang of Romanian Rebels
A Gang of Romanian Rebels

The Romanian group Taraf de Haïdouks is a mandatory introduction to the Roma culture on the Balkans. Full Story


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28 Years and Running: Skopje Jazzes it up
It may come as a surprise that a place like Macedonia, where jazz is seemingly removed from local culture and tradition, has housed an annual jazz festival for almost three decades. Having... Full Story