Magazine article New Internationalist

At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me

Magazine article New Internationalist

At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me

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At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song by Saz'iso (Glitterbeat Records, 053 CD, LP and digital)

Some of you may remember how Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares hit an internationally resounding chord in the 1980s with their poetic pentatonics. Well, Saz'iso could achieve something similar, given the right exposure. From the mountainous towns of Permet and Korçe, the octet takes its name from two words: saze, a folk ensemble based around certain instruments, and the prefix iso, which refers to the area's particular tradition of iso-polyphonic singing. You hear a dominant, throaty vocal line that is matched by marvellous and (sometimes weirdly) thrilling harmonies.

Singers Donika Pecallari and Adrianna Thanou were active on the country's folk scene before they moved to Athens some 20 years ago. …

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