Soul of the Mahala

by Rumen Shopov and Angel Shopov

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about

Voice of Roma presents "Soul of the Mahala," featuring Rumen and Angel Shopov playing music from Romani ("Gypsy") neighborhoods of Southwest Bulgaria with their family, friends, and lifelong neighbors. This remarkable music, widely varied and masterfully played, springs from the deep relationships among the musicians, from their shared mahala, and from their way of life and their values as Roma (Gypsies).

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released January 1, 2006

Musicians:

Rumen Shopov: doumbek on tracks 1-17, tupan on tracks 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 12; vocals on tracks 2, 10; tambura on tracks 3,5,6,8,9,12,14,17; bouzouki on track 4, drum set on tracks 6,7; oud on tracks 13, 16

Angel Shopov: synthesizer on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 13, 15, 18, 19; guitar on tracks 2, 3, 15; , tambura on tracks 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 17; bouzouki and baglama on track 4; oud on track 16; violin on tracks 6, 7, 16, 18, 19

Slavei Madjirov: clarinet on tracks 1, 6, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16; saxophone on track 15

Zdravko Georgiev: accordion on tracks 2, 10

Atanas Mandukov: electric bass and guitar on tracks 1, 10

Anton Madjirov: accordion on tracks 1,6,11,13,15, 16; synthesizer on track 6

Krasimir Madjirov: saxophone on tracks 2 & 6, clarinet on track 2

Rumen Kamburov: vocals on tracks 6 & 15

Kurta Suleimanov: zurna on track 10

Petar Avramov: kaval on tracks 5,9,12,14,17

Petar Karamfilov: gaida on tracks 5.9.12.14.17

Boiko Boichev: acoustic bass on tracks 5,12,14,17

Produced by Rumen Shopov and Voice of Roma
Recorded and mixed by Nikola Krustilov
Recording assistance and mastering by Ryan Francesconi
Liner notes by Suzanne Leonora and Rumen Shopov
Design by Dan Auvil
Production Advisor: Shira Cion

Special thanks to the Fund for Folk Culture and Anne Marie Stenberg

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Rumen Shopov Bulgaria

Rumen "Sali" Shopov is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and band leader from the Turkish Romani mahala of Goce Delchev, Bulgaria. Now based in Berkeley, California USA, he performs and teaches Balkan and Romani music internationally.

Rumen's son, Angel, is also a gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer who currently plays violin with Nazmiler, one of Bulgaria's most successful wedding bands.
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