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MAKI MAKI


Maki Maki was recorded by Goran Bregovic on his 2002 album Tales and Songs from Weddings and Funerals, with the vocal performed by Saban Bajramovic, the great Gypsy singer who died in 2008. It's very loosely based on an old Romanian folk song Bun e vinul ghiurghiuliu, which you can hear as recorded by the late Romanian traditional singer Maria Tanase.

The fact that Maki Maki's lyrics are in Romani (the language of the Gypsies, not to be confused in any way with Romanian!) means that it is very difficult to find a translation of the lyrics. However, Maki, Marijuska, Marijaruska and Maruska are all familiar forms of the girl's name Marijana, so hopefully this particular song is for a wedding rather than a funeral. Check out the same Goran Bregovic album for other songs of celebration including Hop Hop Hop, Sex and Cocktail Molotov.

Some other performances of Maki Maki to be found on YouTube include: