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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Favorite Bulgarian Folklore Videos on YouTube

One of the greatest ideas around has to be the creation of YouTube. It's amazing what you can find there.

Some of my YouTube videos are shown on this blog, and you can find them here:

http://katleyplanetbg.blogspot.com/2010/09/to-greece-and-bulgaria-and-backin-one.html

http://katleyplanetbg.blogspot.com/2010/03/visit-to-bulgaria-by-way-of-mt-holyoke.html

Here are some exceptional videos from the Universe of YouTube. What makes them so good is the amazing choreography, the colorful costumes, the beautiful scenery, and in two of them, the cute little kids.

The first one is of an adorable little girl singing Jovano Jovanke, as mom proudly watches her (in the background).



I'm partial to kids, and I love it when they sing and dance in traditional garb. The setting is charming, and the adults are dancing rachenitsa. The second song, Snoshti E Dobra, is a very well known song (and dance) from the Pirin region.



The Bulgarian Folk Dance Masters is a series produced by http://horo.bg/ . (This webpage is also available in English if you click the word "English" in the upper right hand corner). This particular video is of the Filip Kutev ensemble performing dances from the Shoppe region of Bulgaria. There are about 15 videos in the series, and they're all worth a look.



One of the videos from the series From Dunav to Strandja was featured on this blog recently. http://katleyplanetbg.blogspot.com/2010/10/river-of-many-names-part-2-danube-in.html This is part two. The gadulka player at the very beginning plays a beautiful solo with the Danube as a backdrop, and shortly afterwards is the Thracian Dance, which is one of my favorites.

The dance with spoons is pretty cool, too, performed by the Dunav ensemble of Vidin. No boat to distract you this time!



If you have a favorite folklore video or two, please post a link to it in the "comments" section. There is a lot of good stuff out there, and feedback is always appreciated :)

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