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  • Video: Rare 1968 Footage from Macedonia

    In 1968, folklorist Martin Koenig traveled to Gevgelija, Macedonia, on the Greek-Macedonian border to record a local Romani band. In this rare footage, Koenig filmed the group improvising on zurli and tapan.

    As Koenig’s sound man wasn’t available at the time of filming, the footage remained silent until 2015, when Koenig asked a Romani musician from a nearby town to view the film and reconstruct what the band had played.

    Related Album: Playing ’Til Your Soul Comes Out! Music of Macedonia

    Video: Rare 1968 Footage from Macedonia | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings