Zajdi, zajdi, jasno sonce

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"Zajdi, zajdi, jasno sonce"
traditional folk song by Aleksandar Sarievski
Writer Aleksandar Sarievski
Language Macedonian

Zajdi, zajdi, jasno sonce ("Set, Set, O Clear Sun"; Macedonian: Зајди, зајди, јасно сонце) is a newly composed folk song written and composed by Aleksandar Sarievski.

The song's vocals (and melody) are highly ornamented; thus, artists from the former Yugoslavia routinely perform the song live "to prove they can really sing".[1] In Bulgaria it is considered a Bulgarian folk song.[2]


The song was written and composed by Macedonian singer-songwriter Aleksandar Sarievski in the style of newly composed folk. Though Sarievski composed the melody, he did acknowledge that the text of Zajdi, zajdi was adapted from another source, saying:

Apart from Crnej, goro, crnej, sestro, the song's lyrics also bear a similarity to another Macedonian folk song (Žali, goro, crni, sestro).[original research?] Motifs from these songs are also frequent in folk songs and oral poems across the Republic of Macedonia,[4][5][6] Bulgaria[7][8][9] and Serbia.[10][original research?] Other lines are also comparable to those from Lyuben Karavelov's collection of folk songs and poems published in 1878.[11]

In 2007, greater public attention was drawn to Zajdi, zajdi after its melody was said to have been used for the song "Message for the Queen" from the 300 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. In an interview relating to the subsequent dispute, folklorist Nikolay Kaufman stated that formulae analogous to those in Zajdi, zajdi are recurrent in Lyuben Karavelov's collection and claims they are adapted from it.[12] In the same interview, another prominent folklorist, Georgi Kraev, states that the song belongs to a tradition of Balkan tavern songs.[12]

Cultural references[edit]

  • The song has been included in numerous anthologies and has been covered by many singers from the Balkans, including Toše Proeski (probably the best-known version), Haris Džinović, Šerif Konjević, Karolina Gočeva, Gloriya, among many others.
  • An instrumental version of the song was recorded by the Serbian rock band Smak on their album Zašto ne volim sneg, and was later re-released on the band's guitarist Radomir Mihajlović's solo album Byzantine Blue. Serbian rock band Neverne Bebe recorded a cover of Smak song "Daire", incorporating a part of Smak version of "Zajdi, zajdi" into the song. Macedonian band Mizar also covered the song as "Zlatno sonce".
  • A version of the song influenced by rock music is due to be released by Bulgarian singer Rosi Pandova.[13]


  1. ^ Silverman, Carol (2012). Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora. Oxford University Press. p. 319. ISBN 0195300947. 
  2. ^ Цветкова, Елена. Български глас звучи в нашумялата холивудска продукция „Аватар”. БНР. 04 март 2010
  3. ^ Тодевски, К. (2002) „Од Галичник до легенда“. Дирекција за култура и уметност, Скопје
  4. ^ Macedonian folk songs with lyrics and sheet music. (PDF) . Retrieved on 18 December 2011.
  5. ^ Macedonian folk songs with lyrics and sheet music. (PDF) . Retrieved on 18 December 2011.
  6. ^ Macedonian folk songs with lyrics and sheet music. (PDF) . Retrieved on 18 December 2011.
  7. ^ Mikhail Arnaudov. ''Bŭlgarsko narodno tvorchestvo, Volume 13'', p.365. (21 December 2006). Retrieved on 18 December 2011.
  8. ^ Bŭlgarska akademiia na naukite. ''Sbornik za narodni umotvoreniia'', p.145. (1 January 1929). Retrieved on 18 December 2011.
  9. ^ Karavelov, НОВА ПЕСНОПОЙКА, online edition. Retrieved on 18 December 2011.
  10. ^ Petar Vlahović. ''Narodne pesme i igre u okolini Bujanovca'', p.97. (15 December 2006). Retrieved on 18 December 2011.
  11. ^ Karavelov, НОВА ПЕСНОПОЙКА, online edition. (15 January 2006). Retrieved on 18 December 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Whom does "Zaydi, Zaydi, Yasno Slance" belong to – "Politika" newspaper". Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  13. ^ ""Зайди, зайди ясно слънце" в изпълнение на Роси Пандова". Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

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