Battlefield 1’s Soundtrack Includes Version of Macedonian Folk Song “Zajdi, Zajdi Jasno Sonce”
Macedonian gamers playing EA DICE’s new video game Battlefield 1 were pleasantly surprised to hear the familiar melody and lyrics of the beautiful Macedonian folk song “Zajdi, Zajdi Jasno Sonce.” Battlefield 1, is a mind-blowing first-person shooter World War 1 themed video game that came out on October 21st, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. This newest installment in the Battlefield series was received well by critics and gamers, with many of them commenting on the hauntingly beautiful music that accompanies the various campaigns in the game. The soundtrack, composed by Johan Sonderqvist and Patrik Andren, includes a version of the Macedonian folk song “Zajdi, Zajdi Jasno Sonce” titled “Dawn of a New Time” and accompanies “The Runner” chapter of the game that takes place during the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915. The original song “Zajdi, Zajdi Jasno Sonce” was written and composed by the legendary Macedonian singer-songwriter Aleksandar Sarievski. The song has been covered by singers from across Macedonia and the Balkans and in 2007 a version of the song was used in the soundtrack for the film “300.” Imitation is the best form of flattery, but we do hope that credit will be given to Aleksandar Sarievski by the composers of the soundtrack.
Battlefield 1 – The Runner Ending (Sacrifice Ending) – Clip from the game with the lyrics beginning at the 2:50 mark.
OST Battlefield 1 – Dawn of a New Time (Zajdi Zajdi) – Extended version from the official soundtrack.
Aneta Micevska – Zajdi Zajdi (Live) – The talented Macedonian folk singer Aneta Micevska’s live cover of Zajdi Zajdi.
Aleksandar Sarievski – Zajdi, Zajdi Jasno Sonce – Macedonian folk song – The original version of the song sung by the composer Aleksandar Sarievski.
Tose Proeski – Zajdi zajdi – One of the many beautiful live versions of Zajdi Zajdi from the legendary Macedonian singer Tose Proeski.
Lyrics – In Macedonian and translated to English