Forever with Us/ 22 Unforgetable Songs / Various
NIKOLA BADEV Nikola Badev is one of the folk music performers who worked in the period after the Second World War. He was born in 1918 in the village of Glishik, Kavadarci. At the age of 10 he starts to learn to play the violine. He was a member of the folklore ensemble in Kavadarci, the city choir of Vasil Hadjimanov. He meets Hadjimanov after the war, and it was this event that was crucial in determing Badev's future career as a singer. In 1948 Badev makes his debut on the Radio Skopje programme. His shining career began. He became one of the legends who interpreted and affirmed Macedonian folklore. For the Music Production of Radio Skopje he recorded over 200 songs, solo and duet. The motives of these songs are lyrical, love motives, humorous motives, revolutionary motives, motives from the life of Macedonians who go to work abroad. Nikola Badev has recorded over 100 records for music production companies in former Yugoslavia. The first record was made in 1952 for "Jugoton" with a title song "Teshka beshe nashata razdelba". In 1964 he won the golden record on the "Ilidja" festival for folklore music, and in 1967 on the contest "Septembar u Ivanjici", together with his daughter Nikola Badev won the first price. He often was a guest of "Tanec" ensemble, and also cooperated with other great names of Macedonian folk music such as Aleksandar Sarievski and Vaska Ilieva on certain songs, and even on singing the national anthem. Many have said that Badev is an exceptionally talented singer, always vividly performing, with melodies richly ornamented. Nikola Badev is one of the few performers who have made the Macedonian song famous all over the world. With his interpretation, Nikola Badev has left indelible marks in our folklore. In 2005, Mrs. Roska Badeva has approached the Institute for Research and Music Archiving bringing analogue tapes to the Institute asking for their digitalization. This was accomplished in the same year and now we have the work of this great Macedonian musician in digital format ready to be used by future generations. On 16-th of December 2006 in the Universal Hall in Skopje a concert took place dedicated to the 55 years of singing of Nikola Badev. His songs were performed by the most famous names of the Macedonian Folk scene. ---------------------------------------------------- ALEKSANDAR SARIEVSKI Aleksandar Sarievski (1922-2002) was one of the best known if not the most popular Macedonian folk singers in the second half of the previous century. His name is forever connected with one of the most beautiful Macedonian folk songs "Zajdi, zajdi, jasno sonce," for which he stands as an official author. But, that is only one of the numerous songs from the huge repertoire of this legend of the Macedonian music folklore. It is impossible to state his repertoire, but we can name some of the songs that he has performed thousands of times": "Uci me majko, karaj me," "Jovano, Jovanke," "Se navali Shar Planina," "More sokol pie," "Makedonsko devojce" and many more to understand the kind of singer he was, because these songs and countless others performed by Sarievski all the time are most beautiful Macedonian folk songs, meaning top of the line of the Macedonian folk music. He was also the first person ever to record the first record containing Macedonian folk songs in the second half of the 1940-is. Mr. Sarievski was also a representative of the Music Production Company of the Radio and Television of Belgrade (the then Capital of the former Yugoslavia and that allowed him to record tapes and records at will independently and together with other Macedonian singers. Here we can mention the single recorded with other Macedonian folk star Vaska Ilieva titled "Tugjinata pusta da ostane", which is considered as one of the best émigré Macedonian folk songs. This position allowed to Mr. Sarievski to promote the Macedonian folk music as well as the Macedonian folk singers outside the borders of Macedonia. First and foremost in former Yugoslavia, but also outside of the former Yugoslavia, too. He also helped the Macedonian folk music to be recorded on sound carriers of that time, which is digitized today in many occasions. --------------------------------------------------------- VASKA ILIEVA - LEGEND OF THE MACEDONIAN FOLK SONG She really is a legend of the Macedonian folk song - there is no doubt ABOUT IT. And she proves here - 20 times over, meaning with 20 original folk songs sung the way they were sung centuries and centuries ago and centuries past. And not only that, but these 20 songs represent the soul of the Macedonian folk music, because here you can find the most popular and the best known songs. I don't think that any other selection would do justice to the Macedonian musical folklore - if you take any song out of this CD it would be incomplete, and if you add any other, it wouldn't be able to find it's rightful place. Vaska Ilieva sings for 50 years and she performed all over the world for the vast number of Macedonians spread on all of the continents except Asia and Africa. It is impossible to know or even to try to guess how many performances she had in her lifetime. If you are looking for a complete picture of the Macedonian folk music on one CD, this is the one you were looking for without any need to look further. -------------------------------------------------------- PETRANKA KOSTADINOVA Petranka Kostadinova used to have original and specific voice and holds high regards in the Macedonian folk music shoulder to shoulder with Aleksandar Sarievski and Vaska Ilieva, among the others. Although maybe she was in their shadow, her voice capabilities were same in every way. To that we should add her specific interpretation, which stood up with it's originality. Almost always, while recording in the studio, she would sing in one breath and without the need for repetition. Any repetition would come because of her insistence, when she thought she could do better. As a singer she was versatile when it came to cooperation with the musicians. She could sing well enough with regular orchestras, with the orchestras playing on folk instruments and with other types of orchestras. Her versatility would also show up when it came to the repertoire. She would never refuse to sing a particular song when asked, because she knew them all. For MISTER COMPANY she succeeded to record 23 songs and the production house wanted the cooperation to continue. But, the life can be unpredictable in many occasions and the destiny took Mrs. Kostadinova too soon. Coming back from recording a song for the Goce Fest 2002 festival, which took place at the studios of the Macedonian Television she was run over at the nearby crossroad by a car driving in high speed and on a red light. With that, very early, being only fifty four years old, the star of Petaranka Kostadinova stopped shining and she had still a lot to contribute to the Macedonian folk music. Her death in 2002 left the lovers of her music with those 23 recordings and through them we will be reminded of her original and irreplaceable voice.