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BULGARIAN MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS


Since one of the best ways of approaching a language is through its music I thought some of you might me interested in trying Bulgarian music out. Here goes!

POP/MODERN


Poli Genova 
| If love was a crime | Слухове (Rumours) | Две (Two)
Grafa | Невидим (Invisible) | На ръба на лудостта (On the edge of madness)| Заедно (Together) | Домино (Domino) | Никой (No one) 
Dara | К’во не чу (What didn’t you hear)
Zhana Bergendorff | Невъзможни сме сами (We are impossible alone | Докрай (Until the end) | Самурай (Samurai) | Време (Time) 
Mihaela Marinova Стъпка напред (A step forward) | Не ти ли стига (Isn’t it enough for you/ Aren’t you sick of it) 
Nevena Peykova Да избягаме (Let’s get away) | Избран (Chosen) 
Mihaela Fileva Едно наум (tough to translate :D maybe something like ‘’something in mind’’) | Конец (Thread) | Опасно близки (Dangerously close) | Филм за двама (A movie for two)
Preyah Малките неща (The little things) | Нюанси (Nuances) 
Christiana Loizu Phoenix
Kristian Kostov Не си за мен (You’re not for me) 
Bogomil Bonev | Спри (Stop)
Divna | И ти не можеш да ме спреш (You can’t stop me) | Мойта музика (My music)
Geri - Nikol | Ела и си вземи (Come and get some) | Момиче като мен (A girl like me) | I’m the queen | Готина и луда (Cool and crazy) 
Tita Вуду кукла (voodo doll)
Krisko | Дали това любов е (I wonder if it’s love) | OET
Lilana | Сама (Alone)

CLASSIC ROCK


Ахат Черната овца (The black sheep) |  Монолог (Monologue) | Дървото (The tree) 
BTR Елмаз и стъкло ( Diamond and glass) | Спасение (Rescue)
Signal Да те жадувам аз (-) | Сбогом (Farewell) 
Shturtsite Среща (A date/meeting) | Клетва (Oath) 

ROCK/ POP-ROCK


Poli genova | На инат (Inspite)
Slavin Slavchev | Тъмносиньо (Dark blue)
Revolution Z | Аз искам (I want) | Никога няма да бъдеш (You will never be) |Можеш да бъдеш всичко (You can be everything) 

TRADITIONAL MUSIC


Elitsa and Stoyan | Вода (water)
The Bulgarian instrument kaba gaida| каба гайда 
Я кажи ми, облаче ле бяло
Валя Балканска | Излел е Дельо Хайдутин 
Стефка Съботинова | Притури се планината
Philip Koutev choir | Чичовите коне
Хубава си, моя горо
Зайди, зайди, ясно слънце
Вечеряй, Радо
Тих бял Дунва се вълнува


THE NATIONAL ANTHEM:

Мила Родино 


RAP/ HIP-HOP

Ъпсурт | Мрън мрън | И твойта майка също 
WOSH MC | Проблеми (Problems) | Moмиче (Girl) 
Pavell & Venci Venc’  | Любов (Love) | Вдигам level | Единствената (The only one) | Изгрева и залеза (The sunrise and sunset)
Billy hlapeto| Баш майсторска 

FUN/ UPLIFTING/ SUMMER VIBES


Raffi | 4321 |  Нали така
Venzy | Под открито небе 
Angel & Moisey | Кой ден станахме 
Igrata | Айде на морето
Goodslav & Lora Karadjova | Нека бъде лято

CHALGA

This is a very specific genre and it’s very Bulgarian. Most songs are very provoking, dirty and even obscene. I know that a lot of fellow-Bulgarians will hate me for including them but I have found that foreigners tend to be very intriguied by this kind of music so I will include some more decent songs. You will without a doubt hear at least some of these if you go to any disco in BG!

Azis | Хабиби (I love you? I think?) | Онова момче (That boy)
Galena & Ts. Yaneva | Пей, сърце (Sing, heart (sounds kinda ridiculous in EN)
Sofi Marinova | Love unlimited | Бурята в сърцето ми (The storm in my heart)
Emilia | California 
Desi Slava | На всички като тебе (to everyone like you) | И това ще преживея (I will go through this) 
Preslava | Лъжа е | Няма да ти пиша (I won’t text you) | Водка с утеха (A vodka with comfort) 
Boris Dali | Палатка (A tent) 
Galin | Парата ако хвана (If I get rich (lit: If I catch the money) | На Египет фараона (The  pharaoh of Egypt) 


OLD MUSIC/ CLASSICS 


Паша Христова | Повей, ветре (Blow, wind) | Една българска роза (One Bulgarian rose) 
Лили Иванова | За тебе бях (For you I was) | Детелини (Clovers) | Ветрове (Winds) | Camino 


OTHERS:


Traditional BG music mixed with modern beats: Stanga
Traditional music + rock music: Balkandji 

Note: I will constantly be updating this list. If you have any suggestions for me to add, don’t hesitate to message me. And be sure to let me know what you think! :)

Already before the Turks extinguish the last remnant, it becomes clear that the liquidation of paganism and heresy did nothing to arrest the decomposition of the Empire, and also that the heresy-hunts failed to extinguish resistance.

Either through contact with Turks who remembered Mani, or through contact with Persians who remembered the great uprising of the Persian peasantry against the Sassanid nobility and Zarathustrian aristocracy, Byzantium’s Bulgar converts rediscover the Manichean heresy. They call themselves Bogomili, “God-lovers,” and they consider Byzantium’s Christian priests agents of Ahriman, whom they call Satan. They are convinced that it is the oppression of peasants that is sinful, not the peasants. They say the evil ones are not the poor and miserable, but the landlords and tax collectors who make people poor and miserable. They urge peasants to brighten their lives and the world by withholding their crops and their services from Satan’s agents.

The Bulgars carry the message to Serbs and Bosnians who share it with Italian residents and visitors of Dubrovnik. The Italians carry ancient Mani’s vision, couched in the Pope’s language, to their Lombard, Norman and Frankish neighbors.

—  Fredy Perlman, Against His-Story, Against Leviathan
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Satanael

A being that appears in the second ‘Book of Enoch’ as a member of the Grigori and their prince who was cast out of heaven because he performed evil deeds even though he knew the difference between good and evil.

He would also appear in Bogomilism, a sect of Gnosticism as the oldest son of God who became dissatisfied and rebelled against the Lord, with a third of the angels. When they were cast out, Satanael declared himself God and created the Earth, becoming the the ‘God’ of the Old Testament.

When he created Adam however, he found him defective, as his life trickled out from him in the form of a serpent. When Satanael breathed life into the first human, it trickled out again, actually becoming a snake. Satanael had to turn to God for help who agreed because the ranks of his angels had been depleted. Another story says that Adam was born lifeless and after three hundred years of eating unclean animals, Satanael returned to the body and vomited into Adam’s mouth, trapping his soul in uncleanness.

He then laid with Eve in the form of the snake, who then gave birth to Cain and Calomena. Satanael was then punished to become twisted and ugly and later gave the laws to Moses in order to keep his control over humans. He was defeated when Christ came to Earth and Satanael was banished again becoming simply Satan.

I’m thinking of drawing some of my favorite myths. Here’s the first. 

Forgotten Creation Myths Pt. I [The Bogomils]

One legend is that of the Bogomil’s (a 10th c. Byzantine and later Bulgarian sect who believed the world and all the matter therein was created by the devil in an act of deviancy). Here is that act of deviancy:

God, who is reluctant to get wet, sends the devil to the bottom of the sea to fetch him a grain of sand. He tells the devil to reach for the sand and say the words, ‘It is not I who take, but God.’ But the devil dives to the bottom and obstinately cries, ‘It is not God who takes, but I.’ 

A proud devil. 

Of course, the sand does not give and so the devil must dive three times to the bottom of the sea (in such cases, everything is done three times). Eventually, the devil becomes tired (diving to the bottom of the sea will do that to you) and, coughing, sputtering, and probably weeping, he finally obeys God. He swims to the bottom and says, ‘It is not I who take, but God’ then surfaces with the sand. As a reward, God promises to grant the devil whatever he wishes and so, out of the sand taken from the bottom of the sea, in an act of both reluctance and benevolence, God creates humankind.


Adapted from Viktor Shklovsky's Zoo or Letters Not about Love. Trans. Richard Sheldon. Berlin: Helikon Publishing House, 1923.