Playing 'Til Your Soul Comes Out

Photographs and Music of North Macedonia

Playing 'Til Your Soul Comes Out

The 48 page booklet with CD features photographs, musical sound recordings, lyrics, and historical notes on North Macedonian music.

"Playing ‘Til Your Soul Comes Out! showcases three styles of North Macedonian traditional music: Christian female village singing, Romani (Gypsy) zurli-tapan ensembles, and the Ottoman Turkish urban ensemble called čalgija.These varying styles demonstrate the ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity of North Macedonia.

Čalgija, the rarest of the three, is an instrumental urban style that uses the North Macedonian mekam, of which there are only three performers remaining. All but one of the musicians that Koenig recorded are now deceased.

Martin Koenig and Sonia Tamar Seeman provide historical background and unique insight via the liner notes, and include an overview of the music of mid-20th-century North Macedonia with historical and cultural context for each track, as well as transcriptions of all lyrics into English."

description from Smithsonian Folkways

The publication is now available only as liner notes at Smithsonian Folkways.


Texts by:
Martin Koenig and Sonia Tamar Seeman



soft cover 21 x 28 cm (8.5” x 11”)


17 tracks/ 61 minutes

Music CD of Musical Field Recordings

61 minutes of traditional North Macedonian music recorded on location between 1966 and 1973 by Martin Koenig