|One Week Ago – In Greece the First CD with Macedonian Songs Came Out|
(Dnevnik, 11.05.2002) - The CD with 13 songs has been recorded in 1.000 copies in Thessalonica and it is played on the local radio-stations.
In Greece, the first CD with 13 Macedonian ethical songs has been published, recorded by Kostas and Harula Novakis. The CD is named “A Letter from Thessalonica”. It has photos of old women shirts, knitted socks, woven clothes, as well as photos of the house of the ancestors of Kostas.
The young espouses Novakis live and work in Kufala in the vicinity of Thessalonica, and they engage into music from “great liking” of it. The recording of the CD in 1.000 copies in the studio “Politropo” in Thessalonica cost them 6.000 euros.
- I had this really strong wish to give permanence to the songs that my grand mother, and the other grand-mothers from the village used to sing. The observation of the tradition and the Macedonian folklore are in my blood since childhood. I have recordings of about 1.000 songs with an original singing of the elderly inhabitants, and I sang these on the dialect of the Aegean part of Macedonia. This is the first time that a CD, with this kind of music, is published in Greece. We give it to friends in Greece, we sent it to Australia and Canada, and it is played on the local radio stations – says Kostas.
On the first CD, which came out a week ago, 13 Macedonian folklore songs have been recorded. Kostas is the soloist, and he sings some of the songs in a duet with his wife. The CD has the songs “Ogreala jasna zvezda”, “Tri godini vreme bolna kako lezam”, “Se svalila Mita dolu vo gradina”, “Jano, Janovice”, “Levenoi mome”, “Bog da go bie komshiceto”, “Pesna za Ilinden”, “Bukite razvevat”, “Patruno pile sareno” and several dance.
Kostas and his friends engaged an orchestra of 11 instrumentalists, five of whom come from macedonia. IlijaPetrusev – tambour, Ljupco Petkov – clarinet and Petar Temenugov – harmonics, come from Bogdanci, Lazar Stankov – guitar from Stojakovo, and Lazo, on an efonio comes from Gevgelija.
He claims that in Greece, today, there are much more people who observe the old Macedonian traditions more freely.
- My wife is a Grecian, but she managed to learn our songs. Together we work as dentists and we sing together – says Kostas, who announces that tomorrow in the village Krusar, on 35 kilometres from Thessalonica, Enidze Vardarsko, there is a two day fair on which about 2.000 Macedonians come.
At this fair, which in the last four-five years has become more and more visited, people perform in dressed in old folk clothes, and they sing and dance all day long.