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Albanian Urban Music

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 30 October 2011

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.

Music Played

12 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • BBC Location Recording - Garden party in Tirana

    • Image for The Tirana Allstars

      The Tirana Allstars I Saw You In White

      Performers: Artur Yzeiri (lahuta) Bujar Shtufi (accordion) Gazment Voka (tambur) Iris Beja (singer) Ismail Kavaja (clarinet)

      BBC Location Recording, Tirana, Albania 2011

  • BBC Location Recording - Garden party in Tirana, Albania

    • Image for The Tirana Allstars

      The Tirana Allstars Kaba

      Performers: Artur Yzeiri (lahuta) Bujar Shtufi (accordion) Gazment Voka (tambur) Ismail Kavaja (clarinet)

      BBC Location Recording, Tirana, Albania 2011

    • Image for The Tirana Allstars

      The Tirana Allstars Medley of wedding songs

      Performers: Artur Yzeiri (lahuta) Bujar Shtufi (accordion) Gazment Voka (tambur) Ismail Kavaja (clarinet)

      BBC Location Recording, Tirana, Albania 2011

  • BBC Location Recording - Kruja Castle, Albania

    • Image for Grupi Karakteristik Pleqte E Kruje (The Old Men of Kruja)

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

      Performers: Mustafa

      BBC Location Recording, Kruja Castle, Albania 2011

    • Image for Grupi Karakteristik Pleqte E Kruje (The Old Men of Kruja)

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

      BBC Location Recording, Kruja Castle, Albania 2011

    • Image for Grupi Karakteristik Pleqte E Kruje (The Old Men of Kruja)

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

      BBC Location Recording, Kruja Castle, Albania 2011

  • Image for West Side Family

    West Side Family Kena Lind Për Çef

    West Side Family, Supersonic Records, N/A

  • Image for West Side Family

    West Side Family Hou Çike

    West Side Family, Supersonic Records, N/A

  • BBC Location Recording - Palace of Culture, Korca, Albania

    • Image for Grupi Lira

      Grupi Lira Traditional Patriotic Song

      BBC Location Recording, Palace of Culture, Korca, Albani

    • Image for Grupi Lira

      Grupi Lira Traditional Patriotic Song

      BBC Location Recording, Palace of Culture, Korca, Albani

    • Image for Grupi Lira

      Grupi Lira Traditional Patriotic Song

      BBC Location Recording, Palace of Culture, Korca, Albani

    • Image for Grupi Lira

      Grupi Lira Traditional Patriotic Song

      BBC Location Recording, Palace of Culture, Korca, Albani

  • The Tirana Allstars playing at a Garden Party

    The Tirana Allstars playing at a Garden Party

  • An Old Man of Kruja

    An Old Man of Kruja

  • Westside Family being interviewed in Tirana

    Westside Family being interviewed in Tirana

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