Friday, November 19, 2010

An Unforgettable Evening with Kabile at Mt. Holyoke

On the 18th of November, Kabile made its second apprearance at Mt. Holyoke College. The first appearance was in November 2008. I was at both events, and both were fantastic. You can read about the band here:

Back in September they performed in Wethersfield, CT for the Always on Sunday folk dance group. I was at this event as well, and here is the recap:

The great thing about Mt. Holyoke is that it has a sizable number of international students and an active Bulgarian Club that organizes events on campus, which they share with the community. So far they have had sponsored two wonderful events this year: Lyuti Chushki and Kabile. For more about the Bulgarian Club, visit their webpage:

Lyuti Chushki performed at Mt. Holyoke back in March of this year. This was another dynamic event with workshops during the day and a dance party in the evening. Click here to read about it:

And finally here are some videos from the second Kabile performance at Mount Holyoke. Part one was a concert on stage; part two was a dance party.

Here's a very poignant and beautiful folk song.

Two members of the band perform Trite Puti on a gaida accompanied by a tupan. This was part of the concert before the dancing. Trite Puti is a dance from the Thracian region of Bulgaria, where the band is from.

A rachenitsa (the national dance of Bulgaria) performed on a gadulka, a traditional folk instrument:

When the musicians play in the center of the circle, the energy gets transferred to the dancers. The dance is Daichovo Horo.

A slow pravo gives the dancers time to catch their breath. The song is Devoiko Mari Hubava.

I would like to thank the Bulgarian Club for making this all possible and Kabile for an unforgettable evening of music and dancing. By the way, the banitsa at the snack table was delicious!

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  1. I had made arrangements to go to Kabile's concert this past Sunday near Boston, but I had to cancel in the last minute.
    Luckily, I can read your post and feel as if I had gone! Great review and videos!

  2. It was my pleasure to write this and share videos of Kabile's visit to Mount Holyoke. I'm so glad you enjoyed my review and thanks for the lovely comment!