A journey into Balkan blues, a specific genre of folkoric and popular music from Southerneast Europe which takes its roots from Ottoman and Gypsy music and finds its inspirations in the tumultuous history of the Balkans. Balkan blues is at the same time a "unifying" music for this region but a type of music that takes its power from the multitude of ethnic groups in those countries. The songs are often very rythmic, sang by a masculine voice and depict joyous moments such as weddings but can also carry a form of poetic melancholia and loneliness.
- We first explored the popular songs of Balkan blues and then looked at more specific movements: Sviraj, a central Balkan/American group influenced by Croatian, Serbian and gypsy sounds. Mostar Sevdah Reunion a bosnian band performing tradional Sevdalinkas, medieval songs of passion and fervor. Calgija a particular Macedonian folk modernized through the inclusion of Turkish music. Finally, gypy influences on Balkan sounds through Serbian and Albanian songs.