Visitors to the Lusatia are often surprised when they come across a slavic people, known as the Sorbs. The Sorbs, a people with their own slavic language, culture and traditions are situated in Germany in an area south east of Berlin between Budyšin (Bautzen) and Chosebuz (Cottbus) and have been living here for nearly fifteen hundred years.
Their ancestors once dominated an area stretching from the river Odra (Oder) in Poland, to the river Elbe in East Germany, from the southern outskirts of Berlin to the mountains of Czechia. The Sorb language is related to polish and slovakian/czechian and has existed as a written language with its own literature for many centuries. Apart from a rich and varied folklore, the Sorbs possess their own artistic culture, which has helped to enrich the european cultural scene. Today the 70 000 strong Sorb people are very much part of German Society but at the same time they strive to maintain and develop their language and culture.
All types of musical experiences are to be found in the Lusatia, from light music to rock and pop. This music has developed from the Sorb folksongs, which have helped to keep the identity and language alive throughout the years, in particular during the very difficult times of National Socialism. Today the language of this minority group is under great threat, thus placing more importance on the Sorb language through the medium of song.
Mercin (germ.: Martin) Weclich, aged 35, has played and composed music for most of his life and is today the most prolific and popular composer, arranger and interpreter of Sorb light music, receiving much of his inspiration from folk songs. His songs with their pleasing Sorb texts can be heard on the radio, at concerts, dances and folk festivals and also sung by people themselves.
Mercin Weclich, with his two most important lyricists - Beno Budar, an expert in Slavonic philology, and the dentist Hrjehor Nawka, write about what they observe and experience and touch the hearts of both young and old. M. W. provides the melodies that his audience desires without losing touch of current international musical trends. The result is this fascinating recording produced by rock singer Ralf „Bummi“ Bursy at the Rainbow Studio in Berlin. Ralph and Mercin have been working together for the past eight years. M. W. describes himself as a musician, who plays for his own pleasure and for the sincere love he holds for his people.
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