Kerem Eyle (2*)- “Turkish” Serbia

*2nd Generation dance. A dance that developed and was disseminated in a non-traditional way. 2G dances are specific – have a fixed format designed to correspond with the arrangement of a particular recording., whereas 1G dances are generic – have a shorter sequence that works with live music – where many different songs are played and arrangements vary according to the tastes of musicians and dancers. For more on the differences between 1st & 2nd G dances click here.

KEREM EYLE (keh-rehm eh-leh) Serbia
This dance was choreographed by a Serbian named Dragan Paunovic in the ’90’s, based on Turkish Roma (or Albanian) moves. It was taught to me at the Lyrids Festival last April by a visiting Italian teacher, Roberto Bagnoli.  It is a compelling combination of music and movement.   Here’s Roberto himself demonstrating the dance
 
Below is the mp3 of the dance music: adapted by Roberto from the fabulous CD Ayde Mori
 
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The song turns out to be a traditional “Turkish” song that is much more popular in Serbia than Turkey.  It may have originated among the Turkish population of southern Serbia when that area was still part of the Ottoman Empire.  Even after the area became independent of Turkey, many Turks remained.  “Turkish” to a Serb means anyone of Moslem orientation, including Albanians, Roma, and Turks – all of whom lived in that area.
Spelled slightly differently – “Keremejli” has many YouTubes of Serbians singing the song – none from Turkey, even though its sung in Turkish.  Our version is by a young Balkan group who learned it off a Serbian Roma recording by Usnija Redzepova, (attached below).
 
I’ve also attached an a capella version by Myriam, due to its clear diction.
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