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Čalgija or Chalgiya (Macedonian language: Чалгија; Bulgarian language: Чалгия) is a Macedonian and Bulgarian music genre, which also is a subgenre of the old urban traditional folk music (starogradska muzika) of Macedonia and Bulgaria.[1][2][3]

Čalgija is performed by ensembles called Čalgii (Чалгии) with instruments such as a dajre (tambourine) and tarabuka (hourglass drum) providing percussion for ut (lute), kanun (zither), clarinet and violin.[4]

Čalgija or is an old part of the whole Macedonian and Bulgarian folklore art (this includes the rural folklore as well) and it should not be confused with Chalga (a contemporary Turbofolk music style in Bulgaria).[5]

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  1. ^ Georgiev, P.K. (2012). Self-Orientalization in South East Europe. Springer VS. p. 54. ISBN 9783531932712. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. ^ Seeman, Sonia Tamar. "Macedonian Čalgija: A Musical Refashioning of National Identity". ingentaconnect.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Macedonian chalgija - Dafino vino crveno (oro) - instrumental". youtube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Čalgija". tousauxbalkans.net. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Izvor Music News". izvormusic.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014.

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