The Society of Folk Dance Historians
Bosnia: Echoes from an endangered World
Other Bosnian documents
a sound recording
BOSNIA: echoes from an endangered world, Smithsonian Folkways, SF 40407
This CD was made by Ted Levin of Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, NH and Ankica Petrovic. Most of the musicians in the CD are silenced; they are either dead, wounded, displaced or their fate is unknown. The royalties from this CD goes to the support of Bosnia.
Although the central theme of the CD is the Turkish influence on the music of Bosnia, it is clear that the rural areas of Bosnia are less influenced by Turkish music.
The first song is from Sarajevo (Saray is Seraglio), highly modernized version of a sufi dervish song. Saz is used in three sevdalika (love) songs. Davul zurna music indicates Turkish influence, including the military mehter band. Kasim Masic sings the ezan (call for prayer) in makam hicaz. There are also the collective ceremonial chanting of two orders of sufi dervishes. Two pieces of gonga, a controversial music of livestock breeders and farmers in mountainous regions, having a polyphonic texture are sung with intensity. A bedacarac, a secular mountain polyphonic music influenced by western Europe, sung by two shepherdesses and recorded by Mirjana Lausevic is included.