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Balkan Music, Grief, & Grafting

My grandfather passed away on his farm in Bulgaria in late 2015; meanwhile, I was recovering from flu 11 time zones away. The funeral was scheduled immediately, and I decided against traveling, in part because I’d barely make it in time. Instead, disconnected, I watched the city of San Francisco, listened to music that made me feel closer in spirit, and attempted to mentally surround what had happened. Today I’m writing about that music, cultural grafting, and sweet Balkan vibes.

Music in this post:

faviconfaviconfaviconfaviconnofuego Various — Balkan Blues – Souffles de L’Ame (2013) [youtube]
balkan blues

faviconfaviconfaviconfaviconnofuego Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir— Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Vol. II (1988) [youtube, spotify]

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DJ Ponzi – Everybody’s Birthday Mix

Quick departure from reviews to bring you the first mix of 2016! This one’s an alternative world dance party. You can also download it here.

Track list:

Brandy & Monica – The Boy is Mine (Nguzunguzu edit)
Bomba Estéreo – Amanecer
Esma Redžepova – Chaje Shukarije
Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)
Gogol Bordello vs. Tamir Muskat – Muskat (Slishal, No Ne Zapisal)
Ladytron – Seventeen
Balkan Beat Box – Sunday Arak
Mac Dre & Andre Nickatina – Outta Control
DJ Rashad – She a Go
Death Grips – I’ve Seen Footage
Lone – 2 is 8
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – High
MIA – Amazon (Diplo Mix)
Jeremih – Oui
Ginuwine – Pony
Kamaiyah – How Does It Feel
The Roots – Here I Come
Ciara – I Run It
Dan Deacon – Wham City
Father – Back In The “A” Freestyle/On Me
Kiiara – Gold
Kodomo – Concept 11
Animal Collective – Grass
Juicy J – Can’t
DJ Ghetto – Ghetto on the Cut