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Taga Za Jug

from Mostovi (1998) by Viktor & Super Nova



The Macedonian phrase Taga Za Jug Југ (Тага За Југ) meaning 'longing for south' takes its title from a poem written by Konstantin Miladinov around 1850's. This instrumental, as well as the poem, express the longing of someone from the south (of Europe) living in its northern parts, desiring to get back and feel again the sunshine and warmth of its people.

What's interesting about this song?

It's the combination of Rock and Blues on one side, expressed by Minor Pentatonic Scale; the sound of the Electric Guitar with distortion and all the typically rock guitar technique used: hammer-ons and pull-offs, bending, as well the tremolo and vibrato; the arrangement of the drums in rock-fashion; and the Balkan offerings on the other side, starting with the 7/8 odd-time signature and the way the minor scales are used.

This combination of Rock, Blues and Balkan seems to blend naturally and seamlessly in this composition.


from Mostovi (1998), released February 1, 1998
Music by: Viktor Mastoridis
Synth/drums programming: Vlatko Georgiev
Guitar: Viktor Mastoridis
Музика: Виктор Масторидис
Синтисајзери/бубањ програмирање: Влатко Георгиев
Гитара: Виктор Масторидис


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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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