Zarina Prvasevda

On the verge of authenticity and transferring cultural heritage into self-expression, Macedonian artist Zarina Prvasevda found her own voice on her long-awaited debut album, Eho, a release that contains a unique approach over 11 traditional songs in 4 different languages.

Released by Croatia Records, the regionally acclaimed historical label that still defines the cultural diversity of the Balkans, the album summarizes Zarina’s artistic vision through freedom and roaming between all the impressions that inspired her through the heritage of folklore.

While her vocal techniques rely on Eastern-European and oriental traditions, the instrumental and rhythmic diversity breathes through the whole record. This level of maturity cannot be labeled as world music only – thanks to her social sensitivity, her deep bonds with the nature that surrounds her, and previous collaborations with identical musicians and filmmakers in the region, Zarina is still keen to gather and share the stories she meets with. She took part in participating in the fight of declaring Shar Mountain to become a National Park, and she also travels from village to village to meet Macedonian grandmothers to explore and record their songs and stories they share.

Zarina’s body of work already defines Macedonian heritage: she sold out the Macedonian Philharmonic in advance for her album release show, and she deploys further plans to bring her music to broader audiences while she constantly works on new songs and new stories to tell.

Album release at Macedonian Philharmonic: