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Macedonian man dancing Cocek

Čoček (Albanian: çyçek/qyqek, Serbo-Croatian: čoček/чочек, pronounced "cho'-chek"; compare Macedonian чочек, Bulgarian кючек (kyuchek or kyutchek)) is a musical genre and dance that emerged in Serbia during the early 19th century.

Čoček originated from Serbian military bands and was largely practiced at village weddings and banquets.

Čoček is especially popular among the Serbs, Muslim Rom and Albanian populations of Republic of Kosovo, South Serbia and Macedonia.[dubious ] When Tanec first came to America in 1956, they performed čoček as a Muslim woman’s dance, "Ќupurlika" from Titov Veles.

The kyuchek, as a common musical form in the Balkans (primarily Bulgaria and Macedonia), is typically a dance with a 9
time signature; two variant forms have the beats divided 2-2-2-3 and 2-2-3-2. (This latter meter is sometimes referred to as "gypsy 9".) Roma musicians living in areas of the former Yugoslavia have broadened the form to include variations in 4
and 7

In the international folk dance community, čoček is danced to many melodies. Dances in the čoček genre include Jeni Jol and Sa Sa.

Jazz composer and musician Dave Brubeck was influenced by čoček-type tempos. For example, "Blue Rondo à la Turk", from the Time Out album, was written following a 9
and 4

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  1. ^ "Rediscovering Dave Brubeck". Retrieved 3 January 2015.

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