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Power of Folk Music - as an authentic, commercial, or political commodity

Historical examination shows a diversity of instruments in the Balkan region. Several instruments are of Oriental origin. Main categories are: tambura, violin and fiddles, bagpipe, flute, accordion, and drums. BEC

Bunjevci are of Croatian descent 


Hajo i njegovo vrime (1.) 

A di smo sad? (3.)

Nikola Jaramazović, Ansambla Ravnica, Serbia 

Gara, 2019, Hungary

U mijanama i svatovima (2.)  

Zvonko, 2019, Vojvodina 


There are different views on the origins of the tamboura. One broadly accepted story has it that the tamboura was probably brought by the Ottomans to Bosnia, from where the instrument spread further with migrations of Šokci and Bunjevci above the Sava River to all parts of Croatia, Serbia and further. However, an alternative theory suggests that the ancestor of the tamboura is the ancient Greek pandouris. The modern tamburica shape was developed in Hungary (Budapest) at the end of 19th century. In Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia (especially the Pannonian plain), Slovenia and Hungary the tamboura (often referred to by the diminutive tamburica) is the basic instrument of traditional folk music, usually performed by small orchestras of three to ten members, though large orchestras capable of playing even classical pieces arranged for tamboura also exist. Until the end of the 17th century, the type of tamboura most frequently used in Croatia and Serbia had a long neck and two or three strings (sometimes doubled). Similar string instruments are the Czech bratsche, Turkish saz and the sargija, çiftelia and bouzouki.” Hrvatski Tamburaši | The Croatian tamboura musicians | Croatian Studies foundation

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Tamburica Fest, Novi Sad, Serbia  

Everyone lives their own song

Biseri Drave Tambur Band, Hungary

Janika Balaž

Tamburitza builder

Subotički tamburaški orkestar, Vojvodina  


Gajdaš - Bagpipe builder


Baranya, Croatia




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