Kalinka Zgurova’s fans and connoisseurs of Strandja folk music will be pleased to listen to her new double album. It includes some of her original repertoire, recorded over a period of three decades. The programme continues the singer’s recordings, presented up to now in four releases of Gega New: Voice of Strandja, Strandja Folk Songs, My Lovely Strandja, Folk Songs. Having inherited the gift of singing from her family, Kalinka Zgurova gives life to the many authentic song pearls that she has learned from her relatives and elderly people of the Strandja villages. The rich repertoire of her native land is complemented by her own original songs, created entirely in the spirit of the ancient tradition. They are an integral part of her long-term singing career.

She has received many awards in Bulgaria and abroad; she has given innumerable concerts with various ensembles, including the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Songs Ensemble, the famous The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices Choir, Zornitsa Vocal Trio, etc.; she has made hundreds of recordings for the music library of the Bulgarian National Radio and Television… Her creative life can be summarized by her words: “My vocation is to be a folk singer, to give joy and pleasure to people, and this is my greatest pride.”

KALINKA ZGUROVA · A WHIFF OF STRANDJA

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  • Track Listing

    CD 1
    [1] A Soft Wind is Blowing 4:26 
    [2]  Go Kalino Nedo 3:22
    [3] Yana, Pick Me Some White Grapes 3:12
    [4] Beautiful Rada Is Coming Up the Road 2:24
    [5] Stoyan Was Telling Dragana 4:34
    [6] Mariyka Boasted 2:31
    [7] When Two People Love Each Other 2:22 
    [8] On St. John’s Eve 3:39
    [9] Todorka Says to Her Big Brother 2:39
    [10] A Boy from Zagore Came 2:45
    [11] Kalinka Was Swinging 3:17 
    [12] Fair Russians Have Come 2:26 
    [13] On the Seashore 3:26 
    [14] Dimitar Said to Valkana 2:30 
    [15] Hajduks Came out 5:17 
    [16] I Heard a Word Last Night 2:32 
    [17] Come on, Friend 4:07
    DDD 55:37  


    CD 2
    [1] Tell Us, Forest 4:34
    [2] Zagorko, Take the Sheep to Graze 1:56 
    [3] Alexi is Sitting in the Shop 3:11 
    [4] Mariyka is Sitting Down 2:42 
    [5] My Love is Saddling the Horse 4:15  
    [6] Stoyan Is Getting Ready to Start 3:23 
    [7] White Stana Was Picking up Dittany 2:48
    [8] Indje Said to His Mother 3:32 
    [9] There Were no Young Lads for Doina 3:07
    [10] They Have Gathered Together 4:52 
    [11] Doino Said to Kalina 2:57     
    [12] Indje Said to the Group 5:11 
    [13] She Became Famous 2:58 
    [14] Todoro deli Dimova 2:20 
    [15] On Good Easter 2:57
    [16] Dragana Is Walking Through the Vineyard 3:23
    [17] Mother, Come on Out 2:42
    [18] Stoyan Was Coming Up the Road 3:06
    DDD 59:53

  • Participating:

    Bulgarian National Radio Folk Songs Ensemble, Stoyan Velichkov (kaval), Stoyanka Boneva, Zornitsa Vocal Trio, orchestra, Strandja Group, Orchestra of Folk Music, Radio Plovdiv

    Conductors: Dora Hristova, Boyan Nankov, Emil Kolev, Dobrin Panayotov, Hristofor Radanov, Dimitar Lavchev, Hristo Urumov, Zdravko Mihailov, Lyudmila Gerova, Petko Radev, Dimitar Hristov