Roots (2013)

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We started recording the album Roots in May 2012 and finished in June 2013. In that period, Viktor's daughter Nadezhda was born. The songs of the album reflect the life of immigrants in London and the thought processes that such people go through. There are also genuine love songs in a few languages. There are also reflective songs about the state of the global society that we live in these days.
There are also two covers of older rock songs, balkanized with uneven rhythms and ways of expression. They reflect the way we see the Pop music today.
We hope that you will like the songs, that they will speak to annd that you will connect with some of them. We also hope to see you in our concerts, if at all possible.

We would also like to give thanks to our spouses and girlfriends in their support and sacrifice that this kind of work requires. Thank you Jenny, Pavlina, Vera and Ginka!


released June 1, 2013

The album was recorded in Andy's and Viktor's home studios, using mainly acoustic instruments.

Ginka Mastoridis and Radoslava Leseva helped with some backing tracks.

Viktor Mastoridis wrote the music and lyrics for all songs, with some exceptions noted in the lyrics parts.

Viktor mastoridis: main vocals, Greek Bouzouki, guitars
Nikolay Baldaranov: backig vocals, guitars, bouzouki on Joy
Nikolay Angarev: bass and keyboards
Andy Devar: Percussion instruments


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Viktor Mastoridis - Melodist London, UK

Viktor is a composer of music ranging from Rock and Hip-hop in ex-Yugoslavia to Greek & Balkan Neo-Folk and Blues Fusion in London, UK.
He sings and plays the guitar, bouzouki, bass, baglamas and tambura; including drum machine and midi sequencing.
Influenced by Peter Green, Santana, Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple to Dalaras, Tsitsanis, Nikola Badev, Smak & Yu Grupa
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Track Name: We Live The Life
A table with food and drinks and cheer tonight
A song to sing and fill our hearts with light
Come and join us too
We'd love to sing with you
The whole night through

We live the life, we love the life
We love the people that are dreaming tonight
We celebrate the good things coming
1. Fill up your glass and spill your heart
2. Fill up your heart and spill your glass

Look at faces, see the sparkle in the eye
Good vibrations flowing in the air tonight
It's lovely to be here
With you my friends so dear
To share the night
Track Name: Up And Down
Nie dvajca sme si, vljubeni, skarani
Naš'ta ljubov si e, romani, pišani
De na levo de na desno mi begaš dušo
Ti so mene si poigruvaš znaj
De na gore de na dole me treskaš, dudo
Ne možam da izlezam na kraj

De ti preči što sum glasen,
De ti preči što sum tažen
Tivok, povlečen, sam

De mi veliš aj so mene
De mi veliš ti bez mene
- ḱe si bideš na raat

Našiot život si e crtanka, oboena
Crvena, portokalova, bela, crna i zelena
De na levo de na desno mi begaš dušo
Ti so mene si poigruvaš znaj
De na gore de na dole me treskaš, dudo
Ne možam da izlezam na kraj

De ti preči što si sviram,
Cel den jas te ignoriram
Ne te fermam jas

De mi veliš sakaš prostor
So sebe da bideš prosto
- Sebe se najdeš ti

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Ние двајца сме си, вљубени, скарани
Наш'та љубов си е, романи, пишани
Де на лево де на десно ми бегаш душо
Ти со мене си поигруваш знај
Де на горе де на доле ме трескаш, дудо
Не можам да излезам на крај

Де ти пречи што сум гласен,
Де ти пречи што сум тажен
Тивок, повлечен, сам

Де ми велиш ај со мене
Де ми велиш ти без мене
- ќе си бидеш на раат

Нашиот живот си е цртанка, обоена
Црвена, портокалова, бела, црна и зелена
Де на лево де на десно ми бегаш душо
Ти со мене си поигруваш знај
Де на горе де на доле ме трескаш, дудо
Не можам да излезам на крај

Де ти пречи што си свирам,
Цел ден јас те игнорирам
Не те фермам јас

Де ми велиш сакаш простор
Со себе да бидеш просто
- Себе се најдеш ти
Track Name: Joy
Ta matia sou, ta galana, gia na ta dw, egw ksana,
Tha perpatw sto maxala, tha tragoudw, alla-alla
Ta xeria sou, pio omorfa, gia na kratw egw ksana,
Tha kolympisw sto gallo, na isyxasw to myalo
Ola ta dika mou egw ta poylisa,
Dwra na sou paro matia mou,
Dixws ta filia sou den mporw na zw,
Poso sagapw
To stoma mou, kourastike, pia na sou leei, pws sagapw,
Pws se latreyw eilikrina, gia sena egw, yparxw edw
Ma otan esy, xamogelas, kai mou milas pws magapas,
Ap ti xara, trelainomai, zalizomai, stirizomai
* Ola ta dika mou....
Kai toyti ti kantada mou, prosferw egw zoyla mou
Gia na sou pw efxaristo, ap'ti kardia, agapi mou
Gia na sou pw efxaristo, pou fwtises to spiti mas
Gia to koritsi omorfo, pou eferes sta xeria mas

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Τα ματια σου, τα γαλανά, για να τα δω, εγώ ξανά,
Θα περπατώ στο μαχαλά, θα τραγουδώ, αλλα-αλλα
Τα χερια σου, πιο όμορφα, για να κρατώ εγώ ξανά,
Θα κολυμπήσω στο γάλλο, να ησυχάσω το μυαλό
Όλα τα δικά μου εγώ τα πούλησα,
Δώρα να σου πάρο ματια μου,
Δίχως τα φιλια σου δεν μπορώ να ζω,
Ποσο σαγαπώ
Το στόμα μου, κουράστηκε, πια να σου λέει, πως σαγαπώ,
Πως σε λατρεύω ειλικρινά, για σένα εγώ, υπάρχω εδώ
Μα όταν εσύ, χαμογελάς, και μου μιλάς πως μαγαπάς,
Απ τι χαρά, τρελαίνομαι, ζαλίζομαι, στηρίζομαι
* Όλα τα δικά μου....
Και τούτη τι καντάδα μου, προσφέρω εγώ ζούλα μου
Για να σου πω ευχάριστο, απ'τή καρδια, αγάπη μου
Για να σου πω ευχάριστο, που φώτισες το σπίτι μας
Για το κορίτσι όμορφο, που έφερες στα χερια μας

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For your blues eyes, just to see them once,
I’ll walk in the neighbourhood
I'll sing cheerful songs
For your beautiful hands, to hold the again,
I will swim in the seas, to calm my mind
All my things I have sold, to buy you presents,
Without your kisses I can’t live, I love you
My mouth is tired of saying you “I love you”,
I only exist because of you
And when you are smiling, telling me you love me too,
From joy I get crazy, dizzy
And this little song, I give to you, my darling
To tell you 'thank you' from my heart, my love
To tell you thank you that you enlightened our house
for the little girl that you brought into our arms
Track Name: Balkan People
Živimo u svetu znamo etiketu,
Ljudi iz Balkana, čudna smo mi strana
Jer kad pesma dira i gitara bira
Naše srce peva raduje i sneva

Zasvirajmo, zapevajmo,
Zaigrajmo, nazdravimo
Jer kad naše prođe pesme će nas pamtiti,
Šaptat' će o nama ljudima iz Balkana
Srce nam široko, žene dar za oko
Kad nam tuga dođe, pevamo da prođe
Rasuti po svetu ptice smo u letu
Ljudi iz Balkana, Sevdah i kafana

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Живимо у свету знамо етикету,
Људи из Балкана, чудна смо ми страна
Јер кад песма дира и гитара бира
Наше срце пева радује и снева

Засвирајмо, запевајмо,
Заиграјмо, наздравимо
Јер кад наше прође песме ће нас памтити,
Шаптат' ће о нама људима из Балкана
Срце нам широко, жене дар за око
Кад нам туга дође, певамо да прође
Расути по свету птице смо у лету
Људи из Балкана, Севдах и кафана
Track Name: Paint It Black
I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a new born baby it just happens ev'ry day

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door and it has been painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facin' up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the settin' sun
My love will laugh with me before the mornin' comes
Track Name: Don't Get Me Wrong
Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking 'bout the system
Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking 'bout the Universe
Do get me right, I am talking 'bout ourselves, being lost
Seems to me, we don't know where we belong, any more

If I stay or if I go
I'll be foreigner I know
Hearts, broken in two

Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking for your mercy
Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking for your sympathy
See what I mean, I'll be fine by tomorrow, I'll be great
Leave me alone, you can never understand me, you never left home

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Track Name: Roots
Žao mi, korjena mi žao, iz njeg’ niče drvo i šuma.
Hrana i sahrana mu, čeone kosti otkriva.

Stidom se zakivam, imenima u kap istine,
Sebe ne poznajem
Iskorjenjena od svoje rose
Tuđom zorom se budim.

Stidom se zakivam, imenima u kap istine,
Sebe ne poznajem
Iskorjenjena zorom se budim.

Žao mi lica i oblaka, u džepovima prokletim.
Iz korjena gordošću, na drugoj strani mača.

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Жао ми, корјена ми жао, из њег’ ниче дрво и шума.
Храна и сахрана му, чеоне кости открива.

Стидом се закивам, именима у кап истине,
Себе не познајем
Искорјењена од своје росе
Туђом зором се будим.

Стидом се закивам, именима у кап истине,
Себе не познајем
Искорјењена зором се будим.

Жао ми лица и облака, у џеповима проклетим.
Из корјена гордошћу, на другој страни мача.
Track Name: Shadowlands
Lowering my ideal vision is something I would never accept
Living the Plan B for ever and getting used to it
Waiting for miracles to happen and I wake again
Wondering why they don't
Walking my way with the thought: “Alright, it could be worse.”
Living my life in the shadowlands
Pondering what I let go when I left my home:
“Is lost identity the highest sacrifice to make?”
Suddenly no one knew my past and I couldn't see my future,
I was roaming and losing the will to live.
Finally realised that I'd started losing my religion,
Losing the faith in me and you and in the world we live.
But I couldn't keep on giving up my ideals:
Dreams are not for sale -
What is the worth of an empty soul?
I picked myself up, stood on my own two feet:
I wasn't born to live In shadows, fears or denials.
We were born for greatness:
I believe in me and you and the world we're in.
Have faith and courage for your dreams.
Living my life, living whole life, living a life in the shadowlands
Living my life, living no life, yearning for a life in the shadowlands
Track Name: Drop By Drop
Kapka po kapka, dazhdat mi govori.
V nego se vslushvam, na nego se molya.
Kapka po kapka, da se raztvorya
V dazhda se nadyavam, az vav poroya.

Kapka po kapka, dazhdat mi govori,
Po stakloto se sticha, a umora
V otrazhenie ot kapkata tiho zaspiva,
nasan vseki pat uspokoeno zhiva.

Dazhdat dalechen, vav buryata stranno
zayavyava prinadlezhnost moya,
Predi i sam bila ili sled kato sam,
Dazhdat shte me milva, zaklyuchen v gram.

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Капка по капка, дъждът ми говори.
В него се вслушвам, на него се моля.
Капка по капка, да се разтворя
В дъжда се надявам, аз във пороя.

Капка по капка, дъждът ми говори,
По стъклото се стича, а умора
В отражение от капката тихо заспива,
насън всеки път успокоено жива.

Дъждът е далечен, а във бурята странно
заявява принадлежност моя,
Преди и съм била или след като съм,
Дъждът ще ме милва, заключен в гръм.
Track Name: Tell Me
Aman, aman, ooh, zaman

Is that a tear in your little eye?
Is that a sadness in your smile?
Did someone manage to make you cry?
It's al-right I will take care for you
I will do, I love you.

Tell me where to find the deepest true love?
Is it on the Net or in a shop?
Is there a place to go and be a part of it?
Yes it is the bottom of your heart!

2. Is that a shadow in your presence?
Is that a dark spot in your soul?
Did you just stumble and fall in a pit?
It's alright I will hold your hand, I will do, I love you!
Track Name: Betraying Love
Sing me a song, beautiful song
from the times that our lives seemed sane

tell me a story, that warms the heart
and makes me feel the wisdom of the world

Who am I, who are you, who are we?
What are we going to say to him?
Now that we hear the worlds cry
Can we shut our eyes – not look?

Do we choose to ignore injustice
Yes it hurts when we see suffering
what's the aim, meaning of our lives?
is it not, to be loved and to love?

Nothing to do, how can we live, betraying Love

2. Dance with me now, the ancient dance
of souls that live in pain from selfishness

Let's have a walk, we walk the Earth
To be alive is an honour and a cross
Track Name: Frozen Souls
Koga te mislam, premisluvam
Koga te čekam, rasčekuvam
Koga te baram, zaglavuvam
Koga mi trebaš, jas gladuvam
Koga te vikam, zasipnuvam
Koga sum tažen, te naoǵam
Koga te nema, jas taguvam
Koga si tuka, se raduvam
Čekam onoj den da osamne
Noḱta veḱe da ne demne
Sonce povtorno da ogree
Duši smrznati da zgree
Koga te slušam, osoznavam
Koga sum zbunet, potkleknuvam
Koga sum slab me zakrepnuvaš
Koga sum mračen - osvetluvaš

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Кога те мислам, премислувам
Кога те чекам, расчекувам
Кога те барам, заглавувам
Кога ми требаш, jас гладувам
Кога те викам, засипнувам
Кога сум тажен, те наоѓам
Кога те нема, јас тагувам
Кога си тука, се радувам
Чекам оној ден да осамне
Ноќта веќе да не демне
Сонце повторно да огрее
Души смрзнати да згрее
Кога те слушам, осознавам
Кога сум збунет, потклекнувам
Кога сум слаб ме закрепнуваш
Кога сум мрачен - осветлуваш
Track Name: Let's Stick Together
And now the marriage vow is very sacred
The man has put us together now
You ought to make it stick together
Come on, come on, let's stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never

But now you never miss your water 'til your well runs dry
Come on now baby give our love a try
Let's stick together, c'mon c'mon let's stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never

Well if you're stuck for a while consider our child
How can it be happy without its ma and pappy
Lets stick together, c'mon c'mon lets stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never

Now if you're stuck for a while consider our child
How can it be happy without its ma and pa
Lets stick together, c'mon c'mon lets stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never