Village of Ravnogor

Ravnogor is a little-discovered village in the Northern part of the Rhodope mountains. It is beautifully situated on a high plateau to the west of the spectacular canyon of Vacha river.

The village of Ravnogor is very interesting from ethnomusicological point of view. The history of the village has been eventful with a variety of groups of people settling down in the region at different points of time. Thus, the musical folklore of the village has a unique character, incorporating features from distinctive folklore regions - Macedonian, Thracian, Pazardzhik transition region, and of course, Rhodopean.

The colourful music traditions of the village are being preserved by the local folklore singing group. The repertoire of the group consists mainly of songs from Ravnogor and the region. The songs are being sung in unison in antiphonal (responsive) manner.

Traditional Rhodope song performed by the folk choir from the village of Ravnogor, Northern Rhodope mountains.
Bagpipe (Kaba gajda) - Angel Uzunov
Video was taken at the restaurant of Boryka Hotel in the village of Ravnogor, May 2011.

In Ravnogor, there is a sense of spiritual unity and being one with the environment that is difficult to describe. A unique place where ancient music and dance traditions are thriving and keenly embraced by the younger generation.

Wild circle dance to bagpipe at the Youth celebration in the village of Ravnogor, Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria.
The Youth celebration (Nabora) takes place in the last weekend of July every year and involves three days and nights of traditional music, wild circle dance and fantastic human encounters.
Bagpipe: Angel Uzunov
Video: Nina Grantcharova and György Stuber, July 2012.

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