14 September 2012:
Waits Further East
The drum and shawm groups found all over Turkey are essentially town waits. Here’s a very recent example, a local municipality bringing them out to welcome an Olympic champion:
(Google Translate will tell you what it’s about; I think I have been through Yozgat once but it wasn’t a very memorable experience).
Even the tiniest town in Turkey has a “Ramazan davulcu”, a drummer who gets people woken up during Ramadan in time to prepare their breakfast.
This one is another nice example of how current the Turkish tradition is – call in the davul-zurna band to mark the signing of a labour agreement by the city council and the municipal workers’ union:
Searching “davul zurna” on YouTube will give lots of examples. It’s an uninterrupted tradition going back to the Middle Ages and surviving on a much larger scale than anything in Western Europe.
That is, your list of waits around Europe needs a few additions.
Cheers – Jack
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