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Traditional / folk music of MACEDONIA


Macedonia is a small country with a strong tradition of folk music. The folk music of Macedonia is influential and characteristic. Being part of Balkan countries, make this folk music to have effect and influence on the music of the world.

Macedonia was part of Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was formed after World War I to unite Slavic and west Balkan region. After World War II the country became socialist with the leadership of war hero, Tito. Tito was not a Soviet Union puppet and he proved it by opposing Soviet Union attacking to Afghanistan. Until his death Yugoslavia functioned together in a peaceful union, enjoying relative freedom and little interference with artistic endeavors, including folk music. But after his death, ethnic hatred erupted into ethnic cleansing and devastation. After the war, Yugoslavia separated into different territories of Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia. 

The folk music of Macedonia is part of Balkan traditional music and also gypsy music tradition which is common in Balkan area. It is specially close to the music of Bulgaria It is consist of complicated rhythms and melodies. Some folk songs like "Pomnish li, libe Todoro", have complicated 22/16 timing. Some other common timing are 7/8, 9/8, 11/8, 5/8, 12/8, 13/8, 18/8, etc. The 7/8 is the most common one. The folk music is mostly passed to the next generation by the oral tradition.

There are various folk musical instruments used in folk music of Macedonia. Folk music ensembles includes clarinet or saxophone, drum kit, accordion and guitar. These orchestras are very popular in Macedonia. Some other folk musical instruments which can be named are:

- gajda (type of bagpipe which is one of most common instrument in traditional Macedonian music)
- šupelka  (small flute)
- kemane (three-stringed fiddle and very rarely it has four strings)
- tambura (long-necked lute which is also very popular in other Balkan countries)
- zurla (large double-reed horn)
- tapan (cylindrical drum)
- kaval (rim-blown flute)
- harmonika (accordion)


If you have more information about folk music of Macedonia, its genres or instruments or you know specific song on each genre, please kindly contact us and let us know about it or send them through “Post a Song” link on top of the page. Also if you see any wrong information about the song tags on the list below please kindly let us know.

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Traditional / folk songs for MACEDONIA


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Ognenovski Tale
Song:  Bukovsko Svadbarsko Oro
By:  Ognenovski Tale
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music, Čalgija
Ognenovski Tale
Song:  Čamiko Oro
By:  Ognenovski Tale
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music, Čalgija

Tanec
Song:  Pomnish li, libe Todoro
By:  Tanec
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music, balkan music
Majovci
Song:  Sedalino Maloj Mome
By:  Majovci
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music

Maleshevski Melos
Song:  Malesevski Splet
By:  Maleshevski Melos
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music, gypsy music
Biljan Stojanoski
Song:  Konja Vodam Andje
By:  Biljan Stojanoski
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music, gypsy music

Folk Orchestra Galevski - Nancevski
Song:  Dolnensko Zaramo Oro
By:  Folk Orchestra Galevski - Nancevski
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music
Folk Orchestra Petrovac
Song:  Zurli Treštat Na Sred Selo
By:  Folk Orchestra Petrovac
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music

Esma Redžepova
Song:  Romano Horo
By:  Esma Redžepova
music of Romani people, folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music, music of Roma, gypsy music
Vaska Ilieva
Song:  Sto Ja Nema Cveta
By:  Vaska Ilieva
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music

Vaska Ilieva
Song:  Kruševo Aber Pristigna
By:  Vaska Ilieva
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music
Aleksandar Sarievski
Song:  Uci Me Majko, Karaj Me
By:  Aleksandar Sarievski
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music

Aleksandar Sarievski
Song:  Jovano, Jovanke
By:  Aleksandar Sarievski
folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music
Esma Redžepova
Song:  Čaje Šukarije
By:  Esma Redžepova
music of Romani people, folk music of Macedonia, traditional music of Macedonia, Macedonian folk music, music of Roma, gypsy music


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