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Valya Balkanska

Background information
Birth name Valya Mladenova Balkanska
Born January 8, 1942 (1942-01-08) (age 68)
Origin Arda, Smolyan Province, Bulgaria
Genres Folk
Years active 1960–present

Valya Mladenova Balkanska (Bulgarian: Валя Младенова Балканска) (born 8 January 1942) is a Bulgarian folk music singer from the Rhodope Mountains known for singing the song Izlel e Delyu Haydutin, part of the Voyager Golden Record selection of music included in the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977.

Born in a hamlet near the village of Arda, Smolyan Province, Balkanska has been singing Rhodopean folk songs since her early childhood. She has been performing her reportoire of over 300 songs in Bulgaria and abroad. Balkanska is most famous for Izlel je Delyo hajdutin, which she recorded in 1968 accompanied by the bagpipe (gaida) players Lazar Kanevski and Stephan Zahmanov.

Balkanska has been working with the Rodopa State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances from Smolyan, of which she is a soloist, since 1960. Her album "Glas ot vechnostta" ("Voice from the Eternity"), released in 2004, is a compilation of her best known songs, including A bre yunache ludo i mlado, Goro le goro zelena, Maychinko stara maychinko.

In 2002, Balkanska was awarded the Stara Planina Orden (the highest Bulgarian award).[1] She was honoured with her own star plate on the Bulgarian Walk of Fame in Sofia in December 2005.[2]

References

Village Music of Bulgaria, CD published in the Nonesuch Explorer series; Elektra Nonesuch 9 79195-2

External links

Izlel e Delio Haidutin on Youtube


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Valya Balkanska
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Background information
Birth name Valya Mladenova Balkanska
Born January 8, 1942 (1942-01-08) (age 69)
Origin Arda, Smolyan Province, Bulgaria
Genres Folk
Years active 1960–present

Valya Mladenova Balkanska (born January 8, 1942) is a Bulgarian folk music singer. She is most famous for performing the song Izlel je Delyo hajdutin, which was sent to space on board the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes in 1977.

Valya Balkanska was born in a hamlet consisting of seven houses near the village of Arda in the Rhodope Mountains.[1] Since her childhood years she has been singing Rhodopean folk songs, which she learned from her mother and grandmother, as well as at work-bee parties.[2] In 1960 she became the main soloist of the Rhodopa State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances. She was only 18 years old at that time. Up to this day Balkanska has performed more than 300 folk songs, having been accompanied by the bagpipe player Petar Yanev for the last 14 years.

The most important moment in Balkanska's career came with the folk song Izlel je Delyo hajdutin, which she recorded together with the bagpiper Dimitar Petkovski. In 1972 it became part of the Voyager Golden Record, a collection of songs, sounds and images from our planet,[1] which also contains works of famous composers such as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Stravinsky.[3] NASA put copies of the record in the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes and launched them on August 20, 1977. According to Carl Sagan, one of the creators of the Voyager Golden Record, only advanced alien civilizations would be able to play it.[4]

In 2004 Balkanska released an album called Glas ot vechnostta (Voice from the Eternity), comprising some of her most popular songs such as A bre yunache ludo i mlado, Goro le goro zelena, and Maychinko stara maychinko.[5]

Recognition

Balkanska received numerous awards throughout her career as a folk music singer. One of her favourite recognitions is a golden statuette from the Art Olympiad in Los Angeles in 1997.[6] In 2002 the Bulgarian president honoured her with a Stara Planina medal, considered the highest national award.[5] In the same year she also received the Golden Lyre award by the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers.[7] Balkanska became an awardee of the Golden Phenomenon prize for helping the popularization of Bulgarian folk music and culture and for the same reason she was the first Bulgarian to be honoured by UNESCO as a "citizen of the planet". According to Time Magazine she is one of the people symbolizing the future of Europe, stating that apart from being "a legend in her own country, Valya Balkanska is very much a legend in space, too".[8] Since December 2005 she has her own star plate on the Bulgarian Walk of Fame.[9] In 2005 Balkanska was also one of the nominees for the St. Paisiy Hilendarski national award for notable artists and performers.[10] In May 2009 the Bulgarian Association of Regional Media chose her as The Most Exceptional Bulgarian Woman.[11]

In 2008 Standard, a Bulgarian daily newspaper, conducted a survey on what Bulgarians consider as their most important symbol of national pride.[12] Nearly 22 thousand readers of Standard's online edition from more than 10 countries around the world took part in the poll. Among the 23 possible choices, Valya Balkanska came in first with 9.46% of the votes. She ranked higher than the inventor of the computer John Atanasoff, the world record holder in the women's high jump Stefka Kostadinova, and even the declaration of independence of Bulgaria in 1908.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Валя Балканска". avtora.com. http://avtora.com/artists/biografii/walya_balkanska. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  2. Invest Bulgaria Group Ltd (2004-01-01). "Valya Balkanska - Famous Bulgarians Information". Invest Bulgaria. http://www.investbulgaria.com/ValyaBalkanska.php. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  3. "Voyager - Music From Earth". Voyager.jpl.nasa.gov. 2010-05-17. http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/music.html. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  4. "Voyager - Golden Record". Voyager.jpl.nasa.gov. 2010-05-17. http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/goldenrec.html. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "БЛИЦ Над 55 - ВАЛЯ БАЛКАНСКА: ИСТИНСКИТЕ ЗВЕЗДИ СА НА НЕБЕТО, А ИСТИНСКИТЕ ХОРА СА ТУК НА ЗЕМЯТА". Vestnici.com. http://www.vestnici.com/article/4253. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  6. "БНР Радио България". Bnr.bg. http://www.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Emission_Bulgarian/Theme_Muzika/Material/2808_v_balkanska.htm. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  7. Ivo Dimitrov. "Дават златна лира на Валя Балканска - Standart / Стандaрт". Paper.standartnews.com. http://paper.standartnews.com/archive/2002/01/13/thecountry/s3244_5.htm. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  8. M3 Web - http://m3web.bg+(2004-04-26). "Valya Balkanska: Magic Bulgarian Voice in Outer Space - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency". Novinite.com. http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=33961. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  9. "Валя Балканска със звезда във Famous Алеята на славата". DarikNews.bg. http://dariknews.bg/view_article.php?article_id=33334. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
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  11. "Българската асоциация на регионалните медии връчи своите годишни награди". Infobulgaria.info. 2009-05-18. http://www.infobulgaria.info/news.php?lang=1&cat=&itm=8527. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  12. "Новини - ВАЛЯ БАЛКАНСКА НИ ПРАВИ НАЙ-ГОРДИ, сочи анкета на "Стандарт"". Standartnews.com. http://www.standartnews.com/news/details/id/10947/. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 

Other websites

Izlel e Delio Haidutin on Youtube








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