Various Albanian artists play urban music recorded on location in Albania broadcast on BBC Radio 3 "World Routes" 2011-10-30 FLAC master


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Heading off in the footsteps of folklorist AL Lloyd, Lucy Duran visits Albania to record the little known urban music of a country that was closed to the outside world for almost 50 years.

Lucy attends a garden party in the capital Tirana, where some of the city's best musicians get together over a glass of the local tipple, raki. She visits the Skanderberg castle in the town of Kruja, where the long standing vocal ensemble The Old Men of Kruja reflect on how life has changed since the fall of communism. Back in Tirana at a bar in the Bloku area, once home to the Party oligarchs but now the party capital of the city, she meets the Folk-Hip Hop group Westside Family, who are bringing traditional music up to date. Finally she heads to the town of Korca in the South of the country to attend a rehearsal of Grupi Lira, a choir that sings the patriotic serenades that are the trademark sound of the most cultured city in Albania.




Location Recordings played

BBC Location Recording - Garden party in Tirana Albania 2011

The Tirana Allstars I Saw You In White
Performers: Artur Yzeiri (lahuta) Bujar Shtufi (accordion) Gazment Voka (tambur) Iris Beja (singer) Ismail Kavaja (clarinet)

Kaba

Medley of wedding songs

BBC Location Recording, Kruja Castle, Albania 2011

Grupi Karakteristik Pleqte E Kruje (The Old Men of Kruja) Maja Krahu
Performers: Mustafa

Grupi Karakteristik Pleqte E Kruje (The Old Men of Kruja) Last Night My Friends Told Me To Marry the Old Man

Grupi Karakteristik Pleqte E Kruje (The Old Men of Kruja) My Bird

West Side Family Kena Lind Pr ef
West Side Family, Supersonic Records
West Side Family Hou ike
West Side Family, Supersonic Records

BBC Location Recording - Palace of Culture, Korca, Albania

Grupi Lira Traditional Patriotic Song

Grupi Lira Traditional Patriotic Song

Grupi Lira Traditional Patriotic Song

Grupi Lira Traditional Patriotic Song