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It is a phenomenon in the end of the 20th century to discover and record songs whose age cannot be precisely determined. Yet one thing is certain, that part of them were published in the VEDA SLOVENA collection (Belgrade, 1874).

The performers are Bulgarian-Muslims from the village of Draginovo, Western Rhodope Mountains who have preserved the most typical characteristics of the folk-musical dialect of the region: the two-part singing, the small tonal range and simple ornamentation, the use of the tamboura as a solo or accompanying instrument and particularly the curious duet of kavals (shepherd flutes) known as "chifte kavali" (a pair of kavals), typical only of the West-Rhodope region. Although originating from one village only, the songs present a rich thematic and ritual belonging - from wedding, spring, labour, to historical pictures intriguing with its subject matter.

There is yet another merit of this CD; the recordings have been made in the home of a family from the village of Draginovo which fact further enhances the feeling of sincerity, naturalness and authenticity.


  • Track Listing

    [1] Oy le, sino, huseino 4'58''

    [2] Razvil mi sa e zelen mi chadur 3'36''

    [3] Ovcharska melodia 1'30''

    [4] Sluntse, milo sluntse 3'17''

    [5] Kato odish, selim ago 3'22''

    [6] Razbule se moytu libe 0'55''

    [7] Tezhko mu bilo, troudno mu bilo 2'04''

    [8] More, zatrudnela griva vayda 3'35''

    [9] Trima bratya pravyat smilena sgrada 2'19''

    [10] Dve godini goden hodeh 2'31''

    [11] Doyde prolet 3'27''

    [12] Orach ide ot orane 3'32''

    [13] Aysheto 1'20''

    [14] Prez more plouvam, aman 2'41''

    [15] More, stani, yanum, sumnalo e 3'44''

    [16] Melodia na sborishte 1'10''

    [17] Ne zhali, dosto, mori 4'40''

    [18] More, legnal yunak 2'46''

    [19] Indje voyvoda 1'36''

    [20] Stani mi, geline, soutrin rano 2'38''

    [21] Hay, razbolel se bash bayraktar 2'40''

    [22] Rhodopskata 0'51''

    [23] Dali tl e zhalno, koukoulich voyvoda 3'06''

    [24] Veke mi se, mila male, dodeyelo 3'13''

    [25] Boukya yaboukya rodila 4'22''

    DDD 70'50''

  • Participating

    Asan Kichiliev - voice and tamboura, Mirolyub Tabakov and Malin Alendarov - chifte kavali, Milyo Kepchelev - tamboura, Malin Alendarov - kaval, Mehmed Kichiliev, Ibraim Kafedjiev 


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