I Took a Small White Lamb With Me

In class this season we sing “Kad Ja Podjoh” a “sevdalinka” from Bosnia-Herzegovina. The song tells the tale of a young man who, carrying a small white lamb, travels to the section of Sarajevo known as Bentbaša to seek the girl he loves. Sevdalinkas, also known as “sevdahs,” are slow, rich, harmonious Bosnian songs that often tell melancholic songs of love. Traditionally, sevdalinkas were performed by women, and most often a capella. In this version I do neither.

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