Tamburica and Mandolin

What those instruments have common? In which country those instruments are used in traditional music? Yes, this is Croatia, but We mainly associated Mandolin with italian music, specifically with music from Naples.

Croatian traditional music is sometimes divided on two parts. Slavonian tradition and Dalmatian tradition, but there are also regions, which are not parts of Slavonia or Dalmatia. By those things, We can divided croatian musical tradition to coastal and inland. There are also lot of another styles, but I will describe mainly those, where are Tamburica and Mandolin.

Tamburica is popular in Slavonia and inland regions of Croatia. Tamburica is also popular in neighboring Serbia, specially in region Vojvodina. This region was influenced by historical Hungary and music countains some central european influences or same, like in Vojvodina. Tamburica is also native instrument of Croatia.

Dalmatia was controlled by Veneto, so theyr music is different. There is also some similarities between Klapa and Friulian music too. Klapa is something, like a cappella, but there are sometimes used musical instruments, like guitar, or mandolin. Nowadays, Klapa countains modern music characteristics. I think, that some people, which were in holiday in Croatia, maybe heard those kind of music.

Kandrac’s revolution in Slovakia

No! This is not political revolution. This is musical revolution. Kandracovci band from eastern Slovakia is the new revolutionary band of folk music in Slovakia. This band is very popular and there are many people here, which love this kind of music not just on eastern Slovakia, but also in another regions too. In theyr repertoire, there are Slovak, Gipsy and Rusin songs too.

Holiday in Greece

One of the first discovered foreign music was Greek music. I think on Greek music, which is known very best by foreigners not just by visiting of Greece, but sometimes by movie Zorba and main theme composed song. Also, Greek culture is one of the oldest cultures of our world and Greece is considered to be a cradle of european civilization. In the 20th century, Greek modern music was developed and started to be influenced also by oriental music. Famous greek musical instrument ‘Bouzouki‘ is of turkish origin. Due to this, Greeks created unique style of music, which is originally Greek, sometimes without oriental influences.

Here is demonstration of those Greek music, which We know very best.

Bulgarian folk music

It was, maybe four years ago, when I was interested on bulgarian culture. It started with Chalga pop (bulgarian pop-folk genre), nextly various cultural things and lastly, various kinds of bulgarian folk music. Also, bulgarian language is very similar to language, which was used by ancestors of Slovakia, I think on Church Slavonic.

Here is example of bulgarian folk music.

Bulgarian female polyphony

Some people, or maybe those which are interested on ethnic music something knows about bulgarian female polyphonic choirs. Also, some ethno musical projects and composers uses female bugarian voices too. This thing is very common in bulgarian folk music.

Here is example of those balkan female angel singing.

Slovenian Oberkrayner music

It was maybe in year 2011, when I’ve encountered Folk music from Alpine region. There was also Oberkrayner music from Slovenia. I’ve listened those music from various radio station across the internet, which played Volksmusik, as is named this music genre. Also, there people played also windbands, but not only of Austria or Germany, but also from Czech republic. This same with some kind of music, which I didn’t known. There were some Waltzes and Polkas, played on Accordion, Trumpet, Baritone horn and Guitar. This was Oberkrayner music. I have discovered, that this music was firstly created in Slovenia in Upper Carniola region (in german language named Oberkrayn). Ofcourse, there are maybe some similarities to the german folk music, due to the german influence of this region and also, to the slovenian culture.

If You don’t believe me, here is example of Oberkrayner music.