The Macedonian Tendency: Macedonian Song in "300, The Movie"

Monday, April 02, 2007

Macedonian Song in "300, The Movie"

Great story from Reality Macedonia! Can't really comment on this, but Macedonians seem to know what they are talking about. We will see what transpires. It is interesting that Hollywood is very vociferous when it comes to their intellectual property. Whatever happened to Esma's problems with Borat? Didn't some Macedonian also have problems with Michael Bolton a few years back? How about Riverdance's Macedonian Morning, where did they get their inspiration? If there is any Macedonian music teacher maybe we can get you in touch with a Macedonian lawyer in the US.

300 the Movie Fails to Attribute Use of Macedonian Folk Song in Soundtrack, Reality Macedonia :

Hollywood blockbuster 300, based on Frank Miller's cult graphic novel about Spartan resistance to Persian invasion, includes a copycat of the famous Macedonian folk song "Zajdi, zajdi, jasno Sonce." However, the soundtrack author Tyler Bates failed to provide proper attribution, and now claims the melody as his own copyrighted work.

Macedonian portal revealed that intro to the song "Message For The Queen," number 24 on the 300 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has the same melody as the famous Macedonian folk song "Zajdi, zajdi jasno Sonce" [Set, set bright Sun].

Internationally renowned for its characteristic melody and melancholic lyrics, this song has been included in numerous anthologies and has been interpreted by a number of both Macedonian star singers, including Aleksandar Sarievski, Zafir Hadzimanov, and Toshe Proeski. During the last 60 years, this was one one of the songs that people of former Yugoslavia most often associate with Macedonia, as shown in the 1998 movie Powder Keg by Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic. also published a response by Tyler Bates, who claims that he "can't say there is a specific source of inspiration for the cue." The portal urges its readers to use Mr. Bates' e-mail to send him original versions of the song, so he can be reminded of where it came from.

Compare and contrast:

The Macedonian Folk Songs blog provides the lyrics of the song in Macedonian Cyrillic, in Latin transliteration, and translated into English and French.

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