Bistritsa Babi - Archaic Polyphony, Dances and Ritual Practices from the Shoplouk Region
ABOUT THE TREASURE
Bistritsa is a little village near the town of Sofia. But only there you can see the ancient traditions like the polyphonic singing of the Bistritsa Babi (elderly women from Bistritsa), the “shopsko horo” (chain dance from the region around Sofia) and the ritual of “lazaruvane”.
The Bistritsa Babi sing at two or three voices. One part of the singers “izvikvat” – lead the song while the others “buchat krivo” – keep a continuous sound. This makes the music really rich. Under the sounds of these songs people dance the “horo” dance holding each other the belts of their traditional costumes. You can see people performing these songs and dances at the ritual of “lazaruvane” when young girls go around the village collecting eggs.
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