Kaval Sviri

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Kaval Sviri (Bulgarian: Кавал свири) whose title translates "A Kaval Plays" is a Bulgarian folk song. The original song shows the uniqueness in the highly rated Bulgarian voices that can not be duplicated. A popular version was arranged by Petar Lyondev and performed by Ensemble Trakia on the grammy award winning album Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Vol. II (album), released in 1987 by Disques Cellier in Switzerland.[1][2]

The song was used by composer Joseph LoDuca as the basis for Xena's fight theme in Xena: Warrior Princess,[3] although the vocals that appear in the show's opening sequence sing different lyrics.[4]

The song is also sampled in Austrian Neue Deutsche Härte band Stahlhammer's song Stahlingrad, from the 1997 album Wiener Blut.

The song was used to promote Lady Gaga's 2017 documentary "Five Foot Two".[5]


Bulgarian (Cyrillic alphabet) Transliterated into Latin alphabet Translated into English

Кавал свири, мамо,
горе доле, мамо, горе доле, мамо.
Кавал свири мамо,
горе доле, мамо, под селото.

Я ще ида, мамо, да го видя,
да го видя, мамо, да го чуя.

Ако ми е нашенчето
ще го любя ден до пладне,
Ако ми е ябанджийче
ще го любя дор до живот.[6]

Kaval sviri, mamo,
gore, dole, mamo, gore, dole, mamo.
Kaval sviri, mamo,
gore dole, mamo, pod seloto.

Ja shte ida mamo da go vidja,
da go vidya mamo, da go chuja.

Ako mi e nashencheto
shte go lubja den do pladne,
ako mi e jabandzhijche,
shte go lubja dor do zhivot.

A kaval is playing, mother,
up, down, mother, up, down, mother.
A kaval is playing mother,
up, down, mother, below the village.

I will go, mother, to see it,
to see it, mother, to hear it.

If it's someone from our village
I'll love him from dawn till dusk,
If it's a stranger
I'll love him all my life.


  1. ^ "Marcel Cellier Présente Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares - Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares (Volume 2)" (image). Discogs. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Past Winners". Grammy.com. National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014.
  3. ^ McAvan, Emily (2012). The Postmodern Sacred : Popular Culture Spirituality in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Genres. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. pp. 81–82. ISBN 9780786463886.
  4. ^ Buchanan, Donna A., ed. (2007). Balkan popular culture and the Ottoman ecumene music, image, and regional political discourse. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. p. 256. ISBN 9780810866775.
  5. ^ "Lady Gaga Posts a Video with a Bulgarian Folk Song on Instagram". BNT News. 24 August 2017.
  6. ^ Storm, Lily. "Folk Song Lyrics Archive - Kaval Sviri". songbat.com. Retrieved 10 December 2017.