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Devoiko Mari Hubava (original Mix)

by jack essek

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This old, melancholy ballad from Bulgaria’s southern Rhodope Mountains remains widely popular well into the
21st century. Countless Bulgarian musicians, choral groups and soloists have their own unique recordings of
Devojko Mari Hubava. On the internet, Google hits now total more than 10,000 – including haunting choral, a
capella and musical presentations of all types, and occasional dances.
The ballad introduces a young couple in love who meet, perhaps for a last time, sensing that things are not going
well. Over a drink they discuss which of them can tell the saddest story. The girl goes first; she’s come to realize
that no dowry she could ever possibly assemble would be enough to bring acceptance from her boyfriend’s
family. Then it’s the boy’s turn; he reveals that he has been drafted into the military – called to fight in a war he
doesn’t want and from which he likely will never return.
Bulgarian listeners associate the saga to a time during the country’s 500-year occupation by the Ottoman Turks.
Sometimes Orthodox Christians living in the Rhodopes were presented with an ultimate choice – accept the
Moslem religion or lose their lives. An iconic Bulgarian movie – “Time of Violence” – set in this time period
portrays the heart-wrenching dilemma described in the ballad, with strains from Devojko Mari Hubava heard in
the background -


released April 6, 2021


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Jack essek is a musician and producer from the electronic wave, he particularly appreciates the mix of different cultures he has obtained during his travels across the planet, he invites you to travel in his world where the rhythms of the whole world mix. ... more

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