From a performance of a capella folk music from Serbia, Dalmatia and Bosnia at DROM.
I first contacted Svetlana in 1995-6 when I was putting together a compilation of music from formerly Soviet countries, called “Unblocked: Music of Eastern Europe.”
At the time it was very difficult to get recordings from these areas, as faxing was frequently hindered by poor telephone systems and modem connections, and email was not widespread there to say the least. Dead of night telephone calls were the most common ways to connect. Svetlana was introduced to me by Bojan Djordjevic, organizer of the Ring Ring festival in Belgrade. She in turn helped me to get some wonderful tracks from her mentor, Darco Macura. When I visited them all in Belgrade, in 1997, Svetlana was my guide and hostess for much of my stay. She was just starting out in her career dedicated to studying the folk songs of Serbia, but when she sang to me, I could hear an extraordinary voice that was perfect for the music. I was very happy to have the opportunity to shoot her group at WOMEX, and her solo show at DROM, here in NYC.
About the song, from Ms. Spajic’s notes:
“”I would sing but I have no leading one, I would dance but I have no shoes.”
Ancient “prostrelica” (mountain shaking singing) of wife and husband Stana and Nikola Kostic from the village of Gustovare, Western Bosnia. The photo projected above is of Duka and Durica Radmilovic, from the village of Zegar, Dalmatia parents of 13 children. ”
For them, solitude must have been precious..
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