We have a secret project at Third Man where we want to have the first vinyl record played in outer space. We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player.
Today's post is about one of my favorite Bulgarian songs, Ripni Kalinke from the Rhodope region. It is about a couple who try to get close at a dance while their parents are watching. The parents are opposed to them being together.
Video #1 is the original version by Nadezhda Hvoineva, who lived from 1936-2000. This recording is used at folk dances. She was born in village near the town of Smolyan and performed as a soloist in The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices.
The dance for this is Pravo Horo.
Video #2 is Ripni Kalinke performed by Valya Balkanska, best known for the song Izlel e Delyu Haidutin. This was one of the songs on a golden record that NASA launched into outer space in 1977.
In this version, Valya Balkanska is accompanied by a kaba gaida, a traditional instrument from the Rhodope region.
Video #3 is the children's group Hopa Trop from Seattle singing and dancing to Ripni Kalinke.
If you enjoyed this you may also like:
A Golden Record, Rhodope Folk Songs, and Valya Balkanska in Concert
Hopa Trop: Children's Ensemble from Seattle, Washington
Merry Christmas to all! Enjoy some Bulgarian Christmas songs.
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