Playing 'Til Your Soul Drops Out

Music of Macedonia Showcases Rare Folk Traditions

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings recently released a new CD of field recordings collected in 1968 and 1973 by noted music and dance ethnographer, Martin Koenig.  Martin is a long-time friend of the Center for World Music and also serves on our Advisory Board.

A sonic time capsule of this region of Southeastern Europe, these recordings are from a significant period in Macedonian traditional music, made just prior to the popularization of modernized or newly composed folk music. The only known recordings of these skilled traditional musicians, the seventeen tracks and detailed fieldwork travelogue included on Playing ’Til Your Soul Comes Out! document popular and historically significant urban and rural traditions ignored by state radio and folkloric productions.

Read the full article and listen to sample tracks on the Smithsonian Folkway website.