Banat Tamburitza Orchestra – Serbian Dance Band in New Jersey, ca. 1949​-​50

Canary Records produces another excellent collection of archival music, this time from Serbia.  From his Bandcamp site:

The Banat Tamburitza band are said to have been formed around 1912 or ’13 in Elizabeth, New Jersey by Serbian immigrants from the village of Sânpetru Mare (then-population about 2,000) in the Banat region of present-day Timiș county of western Romania. A group by the same name recorded for Columbia in the mid-20s for Columbia and then in the mid-40s for the Sonart label with the renowned Bosnian singer Edo Ljubić (b. 1912; d. 1993) at which point a reference in Miriam Lidster and Dorothy Tamburini’s book Folk Dance Progressions referred to them as being from Philadelphia. Various lineups continued to perform around New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio until around 1972. When this incarnation recorded in the late ’40s and the ’50s for Michael Herman’s Folk Dancer label, their press announcements always stated that they were Serbians from Newark, New Jersey (about 15 miles south of Elizabeth.)”

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