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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 28 | volume V | September-October, 2002



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 28September-October, 2002
Sound Reviews

The Sentinels

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Ljupčo Jolevski

     Recently, somehow in the eve of St. Ilija (St. Elijah), at the great Macedonian National and Christian Holiday Ilinden, the first audio recording (the album) of Pece Atanasovski Orchestra was published. The album has 12 traditional songs and dances from the various areas of Macedonian ethnic territories. At first sight, nothing strange, even if we add the information that the members of this band named by our great and world-wide known artist – bagpipe instrumentalist, proudly stand as his pupils, the same ones he shared the endless love for the national and ethnic music language – just before he went up to play and sing with the angels up in Heaven. But, if only for a moment, one manages to send away his doubts and open his mind, he can recognize the warmth and the energy within, and he can’t ignore the joy of his heart. To ride on the rhythm of the ethnic existence of our people imprinted deeply within our genes: of all Macedonians all over the world. And, to re-live all moments of his self-reflecting. Again and again. And forever. Like it happened, like it happens, like it will happen… to the boys and girls of the Orchestra. Those who – like possessed – ride the wave of light, sworn to be the Sentinels of the Fire. The way that the Wizard– Pece Atanasovski – thought them to be.
     And He, a prisoner himself – of the Macedonian gene and music language, this Great Sentinel of the national spiritual treasure, knew well that the task isn’t easy at all, but he also knew that in front of him, as his pupils, he has the true “believers”… Because, in spite of the fact that they were grown up in the middle of the asphalt jungle, the determination of their open and whirling young minds directed them towards some different sound forms conditioned by the cruel reality of the contemporary and weird Balkan whirlpools. He also knew that Risto Solunčev (bagpipes and vocals), Gjorgi Donev, Vančo Damjanovski and Viktor Siljanovski (kavals), Dejan Spasović (plane violin and vocals), Smilen Dimitrov, Aleksandar Stamatov, Vladimir Martinovski i Dejan Sibinovski (tambours), Vele Solunčev (drums, daire, vocals) and the female vocal group: Svetlana Jakovlevska, Ana Janeva, Vera Miloševska, Sasha Dimitrova, Vesna Levajković and Slavica Gjurčeska, already honored their own youth energy and spited their anger messages loud & clear – not letting to

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