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Iso-Polyphony in Southern Albania

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 November 2011

Continuing her journey around Albania, Lucy Duran heads south to hear the unique Albanian Iso-Polyphony. She drinks raki and eats spring-onions with a group of singers in the ancient city of Gjirokaster, explores the concrete bunkers left by the regime of Enver Hoxha, and hears how the old songs of emigration are as relevant today as they were in Ottoman times.

  • View from the road in South Albania

    View from the road in South Albania

  • Singing Iso Polyphony in Gjirokaster

    Singing Iso Polyphony in Gjirokaster

  • Edit Pulaj on a bunker

    Edit Pulaj on a bunker

  • Bunker on the beach at Dhermi

    Bunker on the beach at Dhermi

  • Recording Grupi Bilbili in Llogara

    Recording Grupi Bilbili in Llogara

  • Playlist:

    BBC Location Recording, Korçë, Albania 2011
    title: Kaba
    artist: Aurel Qirjo
    performers: Aurel Qirjo (violin), Tomor Selimi (baglama), Zhani Struga (clarinet), Agron Hakio (dajre), Agron Murati (Lahouta), Josef Minga (musical director)

    BBC Location Recording, Gjirokastra, Albania 2011
    title: Gjirokastra (excerpt)
    artist: Grupi Ergjëria
    performers: Arian Shehu, Perlat Meli, Agron Çeli, Axhem Hysometaj, Adriatik Çenko, Mejdi Metaj, Hasan Xhiku, Bajram Koli (voices)

    BBC Location Recording, Gjirokastra, Albania 2011
    title: The Canary Sings on the Mountain (excerpt)
    artist: Grupi Ergjëria
    performers: Arian Shehu, Perlat Meli, Agron Çeli, Axhem Hysometaj, Adriatik Çenko, Mejdi Metaj, Hasan Xhiku, Bajram Koli (voices)

    BBC Location Recording, Gjirokastra, Albania 2011
    title: Lament for a soldier who went to fight in Turkey, and came back dead
    artist: Grupi Ergjëria
    performers: Arian Shehu, Perlat Meli, Agron Çeli, Axhem Hysometaj, Adriatik Çenko, Mejdi Metaj, Hasan Xhiku, Bajram Koli (voices)

    BBC Location Recording, Gjirokastra, Albania 2011
    title: Patriotic Song about Heroes of Albania (from villages surrounding Gjirokastra)
    artist: Grupi Ergjëria
    performers: Arian Shehu, Perlat Meli, Agron Çeli, Axhem Hysometaj, Adriatik Çenko, Mejdi Metaj, Hasan Xhiku, Bajram Koli (voices)

    BBC Location Recording, Përmet, Albania 2011
    title: Sheep bells recorded on the road to Përmet
    artist: Sheep

    BBC Location Recording, Përmet, Albania 2011
    title: The first leaf of spring
    artist: Donika Petsalari
    performers: Donika Petsalari (voice), Lulieta Ilia (voice), Kostandin Nikola (accordion), Dritan Alilij (guitar), Gentian Petro (dajre), Josif Shukallari (clarinet), Ligor Petsollari (clarinet), Niko Mihali (manager)

    BBC Location Recording, Përmet, Albania 2011
    title: Why tambourine are you not playing?
    artist: Donika Petsalari
    performers: Donika Petsalari (voice), Lulieta Ilia (voice), Kostandin Nikola (accordion), Dritan Alilij (guitar), Gentian Petro (dajre), Josif Shukallari (clarinet), Ligor Petsollari (clarinet), Niko Mihali (manager)

    BBC Location Recording, Përmet, Albania 2011
    title: Song of Emigration
    artist: Donika Petsalari
    performers: Donika Petsalari (voice), Lulieta Ilia (voice), Kostandin Nikola (accordion), Dritan Alilij (guitar), Gentian Petro (dajre), Josif Shukallari (clarinet), Ligor Petsollari (clarinet), Niko Mihali (manager)

    BBC Location Recording, Përmet, Albania 2011
    title: Song
    artist: Donika Petsalari
    performers: Donika Petsalari (voice), Lulieta Ilia (voice), Kostandin Nikola (accordion), Dritan Alilij (guitar), Gentian Petro (dajre), Josif Shukallari (clarinet), Ligor Petsollari (clarinet), Niko Mihali (manager)

    BBC Location Recording, Llogara, Albania 2011
    title: The Little One in the Field
    artist: Grupi Bilbili
    performers: Grupi Bilbili, Tahire Bozhani (lead voice)

    BBC Location Recording, Llogara, Albania 2011
    title: Double Flute Improvisation
    artist: Grupi Bilbili
    performers: Grupi Bilbili, Vendim Kapaj (double flute)


    BBC Location Recording, Llogara, Albania 2011
    title: Dale Dale
    artist: Grupi Bilbili
    performers: Grupi Bilbili, Vendim Kapaj (double flute), Tahire Bozhani (lead voice)

    BBC Location Recording, Llogara, Albania 2011
    title: Friends Bring Me the Double Flute
    artist: Grupi Bilbili
    performers: Grupi Bilbili, Vendim Kapaj (double flute), Tahire Bozhani (lead voice)

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