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  Are W. Thoma Merete Fjeldbo Janko Radovanovic Biljana Dragisic Atle Tømmervik Irena Banjeglav

Halvor Dahle

 

BIOGRAPHY IN ENGLISH

BIOGRAFI PÅ NORSK

BIOGRAFIJA NA SRPSKOM

 

English Rakija is a Norwegian band, playing music inspired by the Balkan scene. Their repertoire consists of both own compositions and traditional Balkan songs, which they give new life and their own signature.

The debut album “Ojda!” (a Balkan version of “hey!”, “woohoo!” or other happy expressions) is a journey through the band’s varied and expressive repertoire. From melancholy and fragility, to energetic blasts of instrumental solos, passionate vocals and wild rhythms.

Rakija was formed in 2007, and has established themselves as a popular and unique live performance. They have performed in great parts of Norway; at festivals like by:Larm and Oslo World Music Festival, and Balkan Express in Switzerland. In 2010, Rakija toured Serbia, getting a positive response from the audience and massive attention in Serbian media. They also performed live at RTS, the State Television Channel.

SAID ABOUT RAKIJA:
”Rakija is the name of a Serbian brandy, but it is also the name of the ensemble that this evening sang and played catchy, rhythmical Balkan folk songs, almost blowing off the roof of the church! Many people in the audience sang along, while some wiped tears from their eyes – moved by the impression the band gave with its powerful performance”.
Hege Boman Grundekjøn, after the concert in Røa church, 13. February 2008

 

Norsk Rakija er et norsk-serbisk band som spiller balkaninspirert musikk. Repertoaret består hovedsaklig av egenkomponerte låter, men de byr også på tradisjonelle sanger fra Balkan som de gir nytt liv og egen signatur.

"Rakija er et norsk-serbisk band som spiller balkaninspirert musikk. Repertoaret består hovedsaklig av egenkomponerte låter, men de byr også på tradisjonelle sanger fra Balkan som de gir nytt liv og egen signatur.

I september 2011 ga de ut sitt debutalbum, "Ojda!" (en balkansk versjon av "heisann!", "hopla!", eller lignende glade kraftuttrykk). Plata er en reise gjennom bandets varierte og stemningsskapende repertoar. Fra det melankolske og vakre, til fullt trøkk med instrumentalsoloer, vokal lidenskap og heftige rytmer".

 

Srpski World music bend „Rakija“ osnovali su 2007. godine u Oslu srpski i norveski muzicari. „Rakija“ je nastupala po svim vecim gradovima Norveske, ukljucujuci i nedavni koncert sa Sanjom Ilicem i grupom „Balkanika“ u Oslu, kao i u Cirihu i Bazelu, u Svajcarskoj.

Bila je i finalista prestiznog takmicenja za najbolji debitantski world music bend u 2009. godini na Oslo World Music festivalu. Visoki plasman je bendu otvorio mnoga vrata, ukljucuju?i i najambiciozniju turneju po Norveskoj do tada, u organizaciji udruzenja world music umetnika „Samspill International Music Network“.

Sira srpska publika upoznala je „Rakiju“ po prvi put kao ucesnika prateceg programa „Mokranjcevih dana“, septembra 2010. godine, i na turneji organizovanoj tim povodom po Srbiji - na koncertima u Gracanici, Nisu, Kladovu, Negotinu, Novom Sadu i zavrsnom koncertu u Beogradu, u Klubu „Akademija 28“.

Danas u bendu svira troje muzicara sa prostora Srbije koji su svoje muzi?ko obrazovanje poceli da sticu bas u muzickim skolama koje nose ime Stevana St. Mokranjca: Biljana Dragisic (vokal) u Negotinu, Irena Banjeglav (violina, vokal) u Beogradu i Janko Radovanovic (gitara) u Pristini. Norveski deo benda, koji daje posebnost „Rakijinom“ zvuku, cine: Merete Fjelbu (Merete Fjeldbo, vokal), Atle Temervik (Atle Tømmervik, truba), Are V.Toma (Are W.Thoma, bas gitara) i Halvor Dale (Halvor Dahle, bubanj).

„Rakija” u septembru krece na promotivnu turneju po Skandinaviji, koja pocinje 2. septembra koncertom u Oslu. Specijalni gost na turneji bice DJ Prinsen Paulista,  osnivac koncepta Balkan Beat Party. Balkanska turneja planirana je za 2012. godinu, a termini su otvoreni za ugovaranje.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rakija sljivovica

RAKIJA - THE BRANDY

 

Rakia is considered to be the national drink among some of the South Slavic peoples in Serbia. Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Its most common form, slivovitz, is produced from plums.

The most common fruits are peaches, apricots, apples, figs, and quinces. In Istria, however, rakija is made exclusively from grapes, where the drink is also known by the more local names of trapa and grappa (the latter name also being used in Italy). Plum and grape rakija is sometimes mixed with other ingredients, such as herbs, honey, sour cherries and walnuts, after distillation.

GENERAL

Normally, rakia is colorless, unless herbs or other ingredients are added. Some types of rakia are kept in wooden barrels (oak or mulberry) for extra aroma and a golden colour. It is supposed to be drunk from special small glasses which hold from 0.3 to 0.5 dl.

A popular myth is that one can tell the strength of rakia by the size of the ring of bubbles (venac) which forms when the bottle is well shaken. This is also mistakenly used as a measure of the quality of the liquor.

In Bulgaria and Republic of Macedonia, rakia is generally served with shopska salad, milk salad, pickled vegetables (turshiya) or other salads, which form the first course of the meal. Muskatova rakiya is made from Muscat grapes, while the preparation method of dzhibrova rakiya is the same as for Italian Grappa.

In Croatia, travarica (herbal rakia) is usually served at the beginning of the meal, together with dried figs. The Croatian Adriatic coast is known for a great variety of herbal grappas, some typical for only one island or group of islands. The island Hvar is famous for grappa with the addition of myrrh (mrtina — bitter and dark brown). Southern islands, such as Korčula, and the city of Dubrovnik are famous for grappa with anise (aniseta), and in central Dalmatia the most popular rakia is grappa with nuts (orahovica). It's usually homemade, and served with dry cookies or dried figs. In the summer, it's very typical to see huge glass jars of grappa with nuts steeping in the liquid on every balcony, because the process requires the exposure of orahovica to the sun. In the northern Adriatic — mainly Istria — rakia is typically made of honey (medica) or mistletoe (biska). Biska, which is yellow-brown and sweet, is a typical liquor of Istria.

Another popular way of serving is "cooked" (Croatian: kuhana, Serbian: kuvana or grejana, Bulgarian: греяна (grejana), Macedonian: greena or topla) rakia (also called Šumadija tea in Serbia), which is heated and sweetened with honey or sugar, with added spices. Heated in large kettles, it is often offered to visitors to various open-air festivities, especially in winter. It is similar to mulled wine, as weaker brands of rakia are used (or stronger ones diluted with water).

 

TYPES OF RAKIA
plum šljivovica, шљивовица

grapes lozovača / loza, лозова ракија / лозовача / лоза

grape pomace komovica, комова ракија / комовица

apricot kajsijevača, кајсијевача

peach rakija od breskve, ракија од брескве

pear kruškovača / vilijamovka, крушковача / виљамовка, крушка

apple jabukovača, јабуковача

mulberry dudova rakija / dudovača / dudara, дудова ракија / дудовача / дудара

quince dunjevača, дуњевача

fig smokvovača, смоквача

cherry višnjevača, вишњевача

with herbs travarica, траварица

with juniper klekovača, клековача

with walnuts orahovača, ораховача

with honey medovača, medica, zamedljana, медовача / medovača, medenica

 

 

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