Macedonian Mountain Song & Other Flying Tales from the Balkans

We’re excited to announce that the OneBeat Balkans Mixtape will be released on Thursday, July 18th. Above is screen shot from the upcoming video “Ka Se Zaljubile” or “When They Fell in Love.”

Today, we are releasing “More Zablejala Vkla Ovca” (“Oh Dear, a Sheep Bleated”), a Macedonian mountain song that tells the story of a young girl who is anticipating the sacrifice her beloved sheep on St. George’s Day. The performance, led by Serbian vocalist Minela Bogdanovic, was captured via drone by Ora Dekornfeld in the Rugova Mountains in Western Kosovo, with additional help from Fisnic Dobreci.

OneBeat Balkans is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State Department of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by Bang On A Can’s Found Sound Nation and Balkan Art Zone, with additional support from U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo, U.S. Embassy-Tirana, U.S. Embassy Belgrade, and U.S. Embassy North Macedonia.