Macedonian Folk Music with Pipes & Drums
The brothers Adam and Salija Baloski play the zurle. They were born in Debar, Macedonia. They have been playing on Macedonian weddings since the age of sixteen. Their ancestors were players of a zurle and blacksmiths. The tradition for playing in their family is several centuries old, but nobody can say exactly in which century it started. Today they participate at concerts, play on tours abroad, play on weddings mostly in their native region in Macedonia, and they have been playing on the traditional manifestation 'Galicka Wedding' for almost 30 years, which is held every year in June on the Christian Holiday Petrovden. Their father was called Balus, and their grandfather Salo, who lived in the village Galicnik (Mijacki Region in the west of Macedonia) where he had a blacksmith shop. Both of them were playing on the traditional 'Galicka Wedding'. The instruments on which they are playing are made and maintained by them. The brothers Muamed and Agim Saloski play the drums. They were born in Debar, Macedonia. They have been playing since the age of ten. They have learnt to play drum from their father Majo, and the name of the group Majovci was given according to him. Nobody knows when did the tradition start in their family, but it is certainly several centuries old. Their grandfather was cold Ramadan. Both their father and grandfather were playing on the 'Galicka Wedding'. It is said that their father Majo was the best drummer who had ever played in the Mijacki Region. They have been playing on the traditional 'Galicka Wedding' for 12 years. Salo was an ancestor of both the couples. He was a grandfather to the one couple and a great-grand father to the other one. The instruments on which they are playing (the drums) are made and maintained by them. There is no a record how did the instruments drums and zurles come into Macedonia from their country of origin India. It is considered that the soldiers of Alexander the Great carried them, or might carry them by the Gypsies, who used them in their great migrations. In this musical album, macedonian folk songs are performed with zurles and drums - instrumentals and dances, which are traditionally played on the Macedonian Weddings, especially in the Mijacki Region of Macedonia.