Today we're going to take a musical ride on a Little Red Tractor.
Cherven Traktor is a group from the United States who plays Bulgarian folk music. This group is a spinoff from two different bands: Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and Kabile. Zlatne plays high-octane Serbian and Roma music with a mix from Macedonia and Bulgaria. The band originated in New York City and they have been playing since the 1980's.
Kabile is a band from the Thracian region of Bulgaria who play primarily at weddings in Bulgaria. They do reunion tours in the States every couple of years. Both bands are great to dance to; I have been to a number of events they've held in New York City and New England.
Michael Ginsburg and Belle Birchfeld are in the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and the other two musicians are Nikolai Kolev and his wife, Donka Koleva, from Bulgaria, who have also played for Kabile; the Kolevs have lived in the United States since 1993.
Here's the link to the Cherven Traktor website, with some information, and if you live in the New York City area, you can check out their schedule to see where they'll be playing.
You can also visit their Facebook page, where you will find pictures of them riding on their namesake :)
In the first video, they play a very popular folk dance from the Thracian region of Bulgaria, Trite Puti.
This is their debut at the 2010 Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, with additional singers, the Kolevs' two daughters.
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And you can also spend an Unforgettable Evening with Kabile at Mt. Holyoke College.
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