Padot na Vizantija

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Падот на Византија (The fall of Byzantium)
Origin Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Genres Post-punk, darkwave, Byzantine Music, gothic rock
Members Goran Trajkoski- vocals
Klime Kovaceski- guitar
Zoran Dabic- guitar
Shpend Ibrahim- drums
Sami Ibrahim-bass

Padot na Vizantija (Macedonian: Падот на Византија, English: The Fall of the Byzantine Empire) was an influential 1980s post-punk, darkwave and gothic rock band with occasional Byzantine music elements and Christian beliefs from Skopje, SR Macedonia. The group is notable for its guitar player Klime Kovaceski and vocalist Goran Trajkoski who rose to international prominence as a frontman of the group Anastasia which was featured on the soundtrack album for the Academy Award nominated movie Before the Rain directed by Milčo Mančevski. The most prominent tracks by Padot na Vizantija are Beginning and end ( Почеток и Крај), The same situation after all ( И пак истата состојба) and Horse Riders ( Коњаници). They performed in Skopje, Kumanovo, Štip, Niš, Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Zagreb among others.

The song The same situation after all is included in the Macedonian Document (Македонски Документ) compilation album along with other prominent alternative Macedonian artists.

Outside of music, the lead guitar of Padot na Vizantija- Zoran Dabic has had a long career as a senior diplomat. Previously, he worked as a Director for Collective Security Systems at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, while he currently serves as the Macedonian Ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna (United Nations, OSCE, IAEA, UNIDO, etc.).

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