Što imala ksmet

A Macedonian folk song in the melody/drone tradition learned at our Village Harmony Macedonia camp in 2011. Expanded into three part harmony – two of the voices provide drone accompaniment. Can be easily done a cappella and instrumental accompaniment works well, too. Comes with pronunciation guide

Stamena’s mother is lying sick in bed. She asks Stamena to go to the well for cool water.
She  knows she will see her sweetheart at the well.

Planino Pirin

A slow, soulful folksong from the Bulgarian part of Macedonia called Pirin learned at our Village Harmony Macedonia camp in 2011. Easy, rich harmonies with a repeating refrain, making the song accessible. Can be sung a cappella or with instruments. Comes with pronunciation guide.

O Pirin Mountain, how beautiful you are! In winter, full of snow.
In summer, many heros near every water, the leaders with rifles.
(A song from the time of the long Ottoman occupation)

Dosta dosta

A beautiful Macedonian love song in a7/8 rhythm arranged for three part harmony. Easily sung either a cappella or with the accompaniment of instruments. Comes with pronunciation guide.

Enough, beautiful Stojne. You work as a servant pleasing everyone.
But, come away with me
and marry me. I care so much for you.
I cannot do that, silly boy.
I am poor and grew up an orphan with no mother or father.

Davaj me mila mamo

A lively dance song in two parts learned from Goran Alacki at Village Harmony Macedonia camp. The song can be sung with mixed or treble voices. Can be sung a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment. Comes with pronunciation guide.

Give me, dear mother, that gypsy boy! His mouth is like a little box and his teeth like pearls.
By day I look at him, by night the doves look at him. I’m dying of love for him!

Se Zapali

A beautiful, soulful love song in 7/8 rhythm from Macedonia as learned at a Village Harmony camp there. Best with instrumental accompaniment (instrumental breaks included on score). Comes with pronunciation guide.

The little house burned down, dear Pile. I’m not sorry about the house but I am sorry about the safe. In it were all the documents. And, all the notebooks with the list of the most beautiful girls in the village!

Belo lice

A fun love song from Macedonia. Can be sung a cappella or with the accompaniment of accordion, or chordal instruments. It’s a sort of “zipper song” where only a couple of words change in each verse making it easy and accessible to learn. Comes with pronunciation guide.

I love the fair face, dark eyes, and honey lips of my sweetheart. I look and I love, but it’s no use.
You dark-haired unfaithful one!