Svatbarska muzika and chalga: the fusion of music genres that contributes to a social change
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The first place prize for the 2011 Undergraduate Research Paper Contest was awarded for this paper which examines the emergence and development of two contemporary genres of Bulgarian music and their close ties with Roma and Turkish music traditions. It provides a brief historical overview in order to explain the reasons for the acclaim of music that merges Bulgarian folklore elements with the rhythms of Bulgarian minorities. The analysis also focuses on the spread of Bulgarian music in Western Europe and the United States through the virtuoso performances of Roma musicians and the increase in popularity of Bulgarian chalga singers.