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robw on 03/09/2010 at 05:45PM

2010 Golden Festival Mix/Collection

For a quarter of a century, NY Balkan music scene pioneers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band have organized the annual Golden Festival. a massive two-night grassroots Balkan and East European music and dance festival at the Good Shepherd School, 620 Isham Street (near Broadway and 207 St.) in upper Manhattan. The festival is the biggest event of its kind in New York City: The second night (Saturday) is a marathon featuring 40-50 bands and artists performing on three stages from 6pm until 4 in the morning. See: http://www.goldenfest.zlatneuste.org/

With the help of co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel and our peerless crew, WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise broadcast all the music from the Golden Festival's Kafana stage from 6pm until midnight on Saturday January 16th. Kafana is Serbo-Croatian for "cafe"; the stage is located conveniently near the food!

We are now proud to present a collection of recordings from the festival on the Free Music Archive. The full collection is here, while a mix of highlights is available at right (please click "i" for more info about each artist).


>> 2010 Golden Festival photo gallery on Flickr
>> 2010 Golden Festival mp3 collection on the Free Music Archive

Massive thanks to Zlatne Uste and the festival organizing committee, the on-site festival staff and volunteers including Kafana Stage house engineer Charlie Pilzer, and our illustrious on-site crew: Irene Trudel, Rob Christiansen, Glenn Luttman, Bil Bowen, Jason Sigal, Katie Gentile and Doron, With help from Kris Percival, Bryce Kretschmann and Benjamen Walker; and board-ops Lamin Fonfana and Jeff Mullan.

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