Ferus Mustafov

Ferus Mustafov, also known as King Ferus Mustafov (born December 20, 1950) ,is a Macedonian saxophonist of Romani descent. He is a multi-instrumentalist and is highly popular in his home country for his repertoire of Balkan folk and gypsy, or Rom, wedding music. He is also credited as one of the artists from the Balkan region to have made this type of music internationally popular.[1]

Ferus Mustafov
King Ferus Mustafov performing live in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2018.
King Ferus Mustafov performing live in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2018.
Background information
Birth nameFerus Mustafov
Also known asKing Ferus Mustafov
Born (1950-12-20) December 20, 1950 (age 70)
Štip, Socialist Republic of Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia
GenresBalkan folk and gypsy
InstrumentsSaxophone, violin, and clarinet
Years activelate '60s - present


Mustafov was born in Štip, Yugoslavia, into a Rom family of musicians and is the son of Ilmi Jašarov who is credited with introducing the saxophone into the folk music of the area.[2]

His professional career began at the age of seventeen whilst studying violin and clarinet at his local junior music academy. During this time he was invited to go on tour with a band led by Toma Črčev, the tour's success led him to abandon his academic learning to become a working musician.[2]

Following a year of military service, during which he established his reputation playing at evening dances, he moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he took a leading role in the explosion in popularity of folk music taking place there at the time. Later he became a director of musical programming in the Rom language for Radio Television in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, and gained an international audience through his album releases on world music record labels such as Globe Style and Tropical.[1][2]



  • Ora i Coceci (Horas And Belly Dance Music) (1984), RTB[3]
  • Ferus Mustafov & His Guests: 1 + 4 (1989), Diskos[3]
  • Najgolemi Hitovi (Greatest Hits) (1993), Falcon[3]
  • King Ferus also known as Macedonian Wedding Soul Cooking (1995), Globe Style[4]
  • The Heat of Balkan Gypsy Soul (2002), Tropical[5]
  • Legends of Gypsy Music from Macedonia (2008), Arc[6]


Compilation appearancesEdit


  1. ^ a b Harris, Craig. "King Ferus Mustafov Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Burton, Kim (1994). untitled album sleeve notes for the album King Ferus. London, UK: Globe Style Records.
  3. ^ a b c unattributed. "FERUS MUSTAFOV (MACEDONIA) PRESENTAZIONE". Balkan World Music Management. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  4. ^ unattributed. "King Ferus Mustafov Discography". allmusic. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  5. ^ unattributed. "The Heat of Balkan Gypsy Soul". allmusic. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  6. ^ unattributed. "Legends of Gypsy Music from Macedonia". allmusic. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  7. ^ atlashunt. "Ферус Мустафов* - Митино Коло". discogs. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  8. ^ Slavek. "Various - Ring Ring 1996". discogs. Retrieved 23 November 2008.

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