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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 should not be confused with Chalga (a contemporary pop-folk dance music of 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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