The Macedonian Tendency: Download Kocani Orkestar

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Download Kocani Orkestar

Go to to download these tunes from Kocani Orkestar. Salon is the premier online news magazine. Thank you to Salon and journalist Thomas Bartlett. Arts & Entertainment | Turn da music up!: "Turn da music up!

A brilliant remix of 2004's best hip-hop album, drunken elation from a Macedonian brass band and an intriguing tune from a latter-day U2 -- free."

"Cudna Zena," Kocani Orkestar, from "Alone at My Wedding"

The chaotic music made by Macedonian brass band Kocani Orkestar and other similar Gypsy Balkan brass bands, largely exposed to the world through the astonishing films of Emir Kusturica, is, for me, some of the most viscerally emotional in the world -- from frantic, crazed, drunken elation to tearful, almost inexpressibly deep (drunken) sadness. I've found three tracks of theirs for download, through the excellent Belgian label Crammed. "Usti Usti Baba" (free download) and "Mi Bori Sar Korani" (free download) include vocals. I prefer the unadulterated brass experience of "Cudna Zena." Free Download: "Cudna Zena"

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