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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


p. 1
Ljupčo Jolevski

     The third edition of the (just finished) New Age and World Music Festival, unfortunately, passed in the manner of the unexpected low interests from the audience, that practically shouldn’t be a sign that the Festival didn’t succeed in its intention to animate the cultural public in Skopje and Macedonia. Real, or… Probably, if we have in mind the partial redundancy in the program with the previous years (Djivan Gasparijan, Ross Daly), the reaching for the artists of our closest neighborhood that were (in relatively short period before) already performed in Macedonia (Makis Ablianitis), bands which came as an absolute unknown names for the wider circle of the contemporary music lovers

(Raznotravie), the (un)announced cancellations (De Phazz, Ursula 1000), then, the picture is complete. And there is nothing blurry about it. There were even cases where DJ-s of quite quality, as Ludovic Lorca and Nikola Conte (who, as typical representatives of the music named as „electro-jazz“) to play (perform) in front of the minimal number of visitors, that left an incredible bad impression.

     So, it came out that Harem, with over 1000 visitors at the Skopje Fair Stages, is one of the rare bands able to awake the curiosity of the Skopje audience (after their performance, their albums are the “most wanted” in the Skopje’s music stores). To little for the expected and wanted big music happening. Anyway, after the previous two editions of this Festival, so were (with every right) the high ambitions of the Festival Organization, what’s completely normal.

     One can see the same thing recalling the bombastic announcements before the New Age Festival, the distributed press materials and CD-s with the albums of the bands-participants, the extraordinary web-site of the Festival… and all that under the label of the International Music Festival happening. Especially this, if we know the pre-history in which, unfortunately, the last-year’s cancellation of the Festival because of the war conflicts that were going on in the country, must be included.

     And what came up at the end? The attempt to grasp the Festival’s continuity is, with no doubt, is done, but… in the air, the indolent attitude of almost everybody toward this happening with its own tradition and history remained to hang in the air. The reasons for this row of events maybe could be found in the fact that the New Age Festival partly happened simultaneously with the Parliamentary Elections in

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