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Kotylysya 01:14
Dragana sits in a garden, In a garden, under a wild rosebush, Embroidering and singing a song. Above her a nightingale says: ‘C’mon, sing, let’s compete! If you outsing me, You can cut off my wings. If I outsing you, I will cut off your hair.’ Dragana outsang the nightingale. The nightingale pleaded with her: ‘Cut my legs, But do not cut my wings, I have chicks ready to hatch!’ ‘Dearest nightingale, dearest bird, I don’t want to cut anything, For me it is enough to boast That I outsang a nightingale!’
Ederlezi 04:21
All my friends are dancing the horo 
Dancing the horo, Celebrating the day. A Romani day, Our day 
Our day, Ederlezi All the Roma, dad, slaughter lambs
 But me, poor, I am sitting apart 
All the Roma, dad, dad 
All the Roma, oh mama
 All the Roma, dad, dad, Ederlezi
 All the Roma, mama They give, Dad, a lamb for us
 All the Roma, dad, slaughter lambs
Satrpialo 02:02
Your love burns me so much, like sparks of a fire, My heart is hanging on a fishing-hook. Unfortunate me, what has love made of me? I'll be tortured 'til the day of my death, But it is a pleasurable torment.
Have supper ready, Rada, Have Supper ready, Rada, dear, Go back outside... I want to ask you, I want to ask you, dear, If you have heard... They’re scolding me They’re scolding me, Rada, The whole village I’ve been going, I’ve been going, dear, and I’ve been knocking I’ve been knocking, I’ve been knocking, I’ve been knocking, dear, On other’s gates. On other's gates, On other's gates, Rada, And on yours.
Kaval Sviri 02:09
Vdova 03:01
A widow went, like a widow, through a valley With her young son, oh with her child The widow sat, like a widow rests With her young son, and they began to talk 'O, son of mine, ah my young son, Where is your father? Oh, where is my dear one?'
Oh, kaval, sweet kaval! Oh, do I hear someone's voice? Coo to me, dove, coo to me! Speak to me, talk to me, sweet dove, Of the upper village, the lower village, And the tavern by the church, Oh, sweet kaval! Oh, what do I hear: are they stealing horses? Or do I hear them capturing girls? Is it girls that are being captured? No, it is not the sound of horse thieving, Nela is being captured! Coo to me, tell me sweet dove, Nela is being captured (to be a bride)! Oh, sweet kaval, sweet kaval....


Started in March of 2016, Trendafilka is a musical exploration of harmony, polyphony, and sisterhood. Ten women perform three, four, and five part songs from Bulgaria, Georgia, Ukraine, and Roma diaspora with their own unique aesthetic and arrangements. Based in New Orleans, LA, Trendafilka performs regularly for a wide variety of audiences, both as a standalone act as well as in collaboration with regional and national artists.


released June 1, 2017

Many thanks to Jennifer Coolidge for the rehearsal space, Augusta Sagnelli and Rush Jagoe for the amazing photography, Steve Richardson for the audio mixing, and to all our friends and family for the undying support - you mean the world to us.


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Trendafilka New Orleans, Louisiana

Eleven women exploring our voices in polyphony.

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