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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 21 | volume IV | June-July, 2001



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 21June-July, 2001
Sound Reviews

Macedonia = Caledonia (?!)

Blues & Soul Festival (July,4-7 2001)

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Ljupčo Jolevski

With a programme dived exclusively into the Blues as one of the universal institutional music categories, this year’s edition of the Festival emphasises its own bold “path”, but the dilemma about its transformation into a really strong regional Event – stays on.

Ana Popovic

    The fifth (the Jubilee) edition of the Blues & Soul Festival, as one of the Skopje Summer-s extensions, came real at the planned date (July 4–7, 2001) in the ambient of war engagements and attacks onto the integrity and sovereignty of this State –the State of Republic of Macedonia. Therefore, accordingly to this, it’s understandable that the criteria (in normal occasions strictly musical) for measuring the success of the Festival would be (forcefully) very different. With no single cancellation by the planned participants and with the noticeable presence of the audience that goes in favour of the upper line, the Festival – as a good opportunity for the people to escape the everyday tensions – must be marked with a highly positive pre-sign. In this bad times, for a shimmer or two we were in position to turn ourselves onto our individual soul’s needs and to ride onto the rhythm that all the other normal world pulses on. And, from this gloomy perspective of ours, is quite something.
    In spite this actual positioning, this year’s edition of the Blues & Soul Festival undoubtedly did a mild programme “exodus” that goes in favour of the further positive establishing of the Event. Although the offer at this occasion was exclusively based on the Blues (that may, but not necessarily, mean the narrowing of the concept), this solution proved itself functional if the selection is done properly. Therefore, the direct “guilt” for that – the art director Vasja Ivanovski, as well as the Organisation – the Direction of Culture and Art of Skopje, are already in position to articulate there thoughts about the future of the Festival and the open opportunity to further widen the audience circles that understand the Blues as an universal music category.

Blues Wire

    This year, the Festival’s dome (as the consequence of this bad times) was the “oven” called Universal Hall in Skopje, the Blues & Soul Festival presented the various sounds of this musical segment. The starting evening was given to the debutantes from Prilep – Crossroad Blues Band, which in spite their own impression towards the act with wider than local understanding of the form (reaching the originality

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