Beogradska Čalgija (Chalgia from Belgrade) - they play almost forgotten songs from Serbia, they are reviving the already forgotten customs and the spirit of old Serbian towns. About the word “Chalgia” - it quite certain that čalgijaš were a part of everyday life of townspeople in the principality of Serbia in the nineteenth century. These bands entertained them in coffee-houses, at wedding parties and during other public and private celebrations. The last Belgrade chalgija ceased to exist in 1912, after the demolition of the “Dardaneli” coffee-house. Today this kind of musical expression is still preserved only in South Serbia: City of Vranje & in Kosovo.

Edited by devojche on 17 May 2009, 21:16

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