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Žegar Živi

Zegar Zivi cover

Cloud Valley CV3008 (2008)

It might come as a surprise that this extraordinary music is from Europe. Powerful acapella group vocals, often using the wild beating-against-drone technique of groktenje, diple playing, goat-calling and church-bell ringing from a group of amazingly resilient Serbian singers who’ve moved back to their village of Žegar in the rocky hill-country of Dalmatia in Croatia – a region war-shattered in the 1990s and still depopulated, but beautiful and now peaceful - to rebuild their homes and pick up the threads of their lives and rich musical traditions. The album’s title, and the group’s name, means “Žegar Lives”.

Recorded in Žegar in May 2007, produced by Andrew Cronshaw in collaboration with Svetlana Spajić.

The digipak contains a 60 page booklet with many photos and extensive notes in English and Serbo-Croat about the people, the place and their music.

Below are extracts from some English-language reviews.
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"A truly great album"
- Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3 "Late Junction"

"A very special album of a unique song tradition that’s beautifully recorded... it's music that you listen to and you marvel at" - Lucy Duran, BBC Radio 3 "World Routes"

"It can seem other-worldly, but it's also earthy and uncompromising" - John L. Walters, The Guardian

"Beautiful singing" - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3 "World on 3"

"This bewitching record... These recordings have a wonderful immediacy" - Michael Church, The Scotsman, 29.2.08
"Žegar Živi is the real thing" - Michael Church, The Scotsman, 7.3.08

"One suspects it could turn out to be a ground-breaking venture" - Phil Wilson, fRoots


Zegar Zivi group photo

Dragomir Vukanac – vocal
Jandrija Baljak – vocal
Svetlana Spajić – vocal
Vojislav Radmilović - vocal
Miljka Radmilović - vocal
Obrad Milić – diple & vocal
Photo: Zegar field

 1. U Žegaru rodila me nana (I was born in Žegar) 3:18
2. Čobanska svirka (A shepherd's air) 1:27
3. Četiri djevojačke pjesme (Four "maidens'" or "shepherdesses'" songs) 3:12
Phot: Vojo with goats
4. Vučarska Pjesma (Wolf song) 2:47

5. Čuvam ovce, čuvala me nana (I'm herding the sheep) 2:02

6. Koze (Goats) 1:29
7. Žegar Živi (Žegar lives) 1:21

8. Poziv za Jandriju (The call for Jandrija) 3:58

Photo: Obre playing diple9. Svirka na diplama (Improvisation on diple) 0:45
10. Kolo igra (The ring-dance) 2:24
11. Biračko kolo (Biračko circle dance) 3:48
12. Sinoć veče večera jedna mlada gospoja (Last night the lady had supper) 2:16
13. Zdrav, Jandre! (To your health Jandre!) 1:10
14. Pije vino stotinu ajduka / Grlo moje, sto si ogrbalo (A hundred hajduks are drinking wine / Why my throat is hoarse) 2:04
Photo: the river Zrmanje at Zegar
15. Zeman dođe da zapjevam ođe / Sve sam svoje potrošio novce (The time has
come to sing here / I've spent all my money) 1:25
16. Nemoj, mala, kazivati ko je (Girl, don't you tell) 0:51
17. Za te tvoje crne oči (For your black eyes) 1:33
Photo: a toast18. Pjesma o Jandri Ćosi (The song of Jandro Ćoso) 2:46
19. Sve popišmo, a ne zapjevašmo (We've drunk everything, but not sung anything) 0:59
20. Ošino kolo (Ošo's kolo) 1:10
21. Žegar polje goji janje moje (Žegar field feeds my lamb) 2:32

22. Zvona Žegarske crkve (The bells of Žegar church) 1:31


Photo: Vojo rings the bells of Zegar church

Total time/ukupno trajanje: 44:51

Click to hear a compilation sequence of tracks and read some reviews.

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