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Niska Banja

Traditional Serbian Dance
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Mariette Aborn

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of Niska Banja

Niska Banja traditional serbian dance one translation Due to it being a traditional song, there are many translations, here is one. The public bath near Niš, hot water,
for the naughty boys a real convenience.
I will get her, I will love her,
and in Niš I wll leave her.
We Gypsies love a good time,
we can't make it without plum brandy;
Without grape brandy, plum brandy,
without a young Gypsy girl.
One, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine, ten.
Ten, nine, eight, seven,
six, five, four, three, two, one.
Ten, nine, eight, seven,
six, five, four, three, two, zero.
Two, two, twelve,
I'll kiss her on the face.
I will get her, and I will love her,
and in Niš I wll leave her.
Niska Banja means "Bath of Nis"
Nis is the largest city in Serbia
it is the unofficial song of Serbia
a traditional song, there is also a dance that accompanies it Purpose:
The lyrics are meant to represent Dionysian joy
of life, music, and dance, and are meant to be humorous as well as provocative. (!) What's so cool about the Bath of Nis? The waters are believed to help with cardiovascular diseases. ..but watch out, the waters are also radioactive What is this symbol? "š"
This is not just a symbol but a complete letter, similar to how Ñ is its own letter in spanish
So what does it mean? It originated with the Czech alphabet and then evolved into several others, including the Serbian alphabet. It is a romanticism of the letter Ш, which tells you to pronounce the Š as a "sh" rather than a "ss." Lets Dance!
The 12, 12, 12, 123 pattern is tricky to feel when singing, but as we've learned it's as common as a rock and roll beat to Serbians. The dance that traditionally accompanies the song accentuates this beat.
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