Usti usti baba

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A Macedonian Roma (Gypsy) song about the morning of the wedding, when the wedding party comes to take the bride and her dowry from the house. Sung by Michael Louw, with Maren Lisac , Alyssa Semczyszyn, and Kristina Zalite on backing vocals. Trumpet solo by Matt Rodgers. Lyrics in Romani and English.

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Usti usti, baba,
O davulja maren,
O davulja maren, baba,
Me phenjake aven.
Aven, aven, me phenjake aven.

Me phenjake aven
O davulja maren,
O davulja maren, baba,
Me phenjake aven.
Aven, aven, me phenjake aven.

Wake up, wake up, father,
I hear the drum is beating
I hear the drum is beating
And they’re coming for my sister.
Coming, coming, coming for my sister.

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from Živeli!, released April 6, 2012

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Orkestar Šlivovica Vancouver, British Columbia

Wandering the streets of Vancouver with battered and ancient instruments, appearing and disappearing into the night, and dressed in the highest fashions of your great-grandparent’s youth, with a bottle in hand of that delicate concoction which is half of the band’s name, everything they cross paths with becomes a Balkan wedding dance party... ... more

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