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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 19 | volume IV | February-March, 2001



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 19February-March, 2001
Sound Reviews

Woke Up in Motion

Macedonian underground scene

p. 1
Ljupčo Jolevski

A single Rock Festival and one compilation
    don’t make the situation – pink.
    Anyway, rock’n’roll happened.
    A real one.

    Rock’n’roll (as an universal behavior of the urban population), requires strained strings and “iron balls”… Especially in the case when it’s practiced in ours – Balkan, Macedonian – conditions of living. Considering the natural-born instinct for self-preservation and the rhythm-comprehension ability, we do exclude the question of its real existence at this particular time & space – and we move to the question of its suppression at the margins of the public life here.
    But, two recent happenings did stroke a blow on the convictions that claim how the Macedonian Underground Scene went for a nap (by the way, for almost all of the media and their stupid policies which slave to the prejudices, this phenomenon is out of their comprehension!?): the first one is the 19th edition of the “good oldMacedonian Rock Festival, and the second one is the promotion of the “live”-compilation “10. Most”. But, let’s start from the beginning.
    Although with the old-fashioned concept that needs reconsideration and re-structuring, Macedonian Rock Festival (signed by the enthusiasts from the magazine “Ekran” and the Youth Cultural Center (YCC) – Skopje through all this years) still remains one of the very rare music manifestations where – primarily – the new hopes and talents are detected, and the manifestation where the basic link is the sincere attitude toward the rock’n’roll and the new currents in the contemporary music. Therefore, the great interest for the participation at this Festival is not extraordinary phenomenon (although it never means better quality of the content). But anyway, the concerts manage to animate quite a lot of guests in spite of the fact that there is almost no advertisement in the media (which is, by the way, the result of the lack of financial means on the behalf of the organization). This means, at least, that the efforts of the organization are not in vain. Also, the fact is that the Festival – almost as a rule – in every edition manages to promote one or two new talents with a healthy concept and satisfyingly aggressive performance (especially the artists from the inner-state, although this is not the general policy at all), proves the absurdity and the meaningless of discussing the very existence of this Festival. But, the questions that concern the above-mentioned young talents, is the question – what next? Namely,

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