Frank Zappa once said “I’m biologically disposed to Bulgarian folk music. It cracks me up every time I hear it. I love it, but I’m not a Bulgarian.”
Well that us kind of how the team at Zvooka Records feel. Bulgarian folk music is an undiscovered gem still hidden to most if the western world. The folk tradition is more thn just national its regional with each region having its own dances and songs, many of which have been passed down from one generation to the next for hundreds of years. There are also more recent folk songs which highlight the suffering the Bulgarian people have been through in the last few decades.
Zvooka Records have been travelling around the rural parts of Bulgaria to find the real singers of Bulgaria, not the art school graduates and capture their songs. Whether that a husband and wife due in their 60s or a quartet made up of 4 generations of women from the same family, the music has an authenticity that has sadly been lost in many countries already. You don’t need to speak the language to feel the emotions.