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 (Bridges), released February 1, 1998
Vlatko Georgiev: programming synths


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Viktor Mastoridis London, UK

At the moment working on a new album with a London-based band Valkania.
Musical influences: started with Blues (Eric Clapton, Peter Green), then Classic & Prog Rock (Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen, Yes), moved to Hip-Hop, discovered Balkan Folk (Greek & Macedonian); involved in Children's Educational music...
Settled with Balkan World Music: a Fusion of all the music experiences so far.
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