Trio Bulgarka

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Trio Bulgarka
Also known as Bulgarka Folk Trio, Three Golden Coins
Origin Bulgaria
Genres World music
Years active 1975–present
Labels Hannibal
Associated acts Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir, Kate Bush
Members Stoyanka Boneva, Yanka Rupkina, Eva Georgieva

Trio Bulgarka (also known as "Three Golden Coins", previously known as "Bulgarka Folk Trio") is a Bulgarian vocal ensemble.

They gained international prominence through their contributions to the groundbreaking 1975 world music album Balkana: The music of Bulgaria, originally released on the now defunct Hannibal label.

The three women in the trio are Stoyanka Boneva from Pirin, Yanka Rupkina from Strandja and Eva Georgieva from Dobrudja. Their diversity of regional backgrounds has enabled them to create a unique sound to their music. They recorded for record labels Bulgaria Balkanton and Hannibal in 1987. In 1988 their album The Forest Is Crying, produced by Joe Boyd was released.

As part of the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir, they have appeared on the album Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Volume Two, which won a Grammy Award in 1989. [1][2]

In 1989 they were featured on The Sensual World album by Kate Bush on the songs "Deeper Understanding", "Never Be Mine", and "Rocket's Tail".[3] In 1993 they appeared on another Kate Bush album, The Red Shoes, in the songs "You're the One", "The Song of Solomon", and "Why Should I Love You?", which also featured Prince.

"I've never worked with women on such an intense creative level," Bush told the Los Angeles Times in December 1991, "and it was something strange to feel this very strong female energy in the studio. It was interesting to see the way the men in the studio reacted… Instead of just one female, there was a very strong female presence."

The women in the trio have since concentrated on solo projects but often reform for concert appearances.


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  1. ^ Buchanan, Donna A. (2006). Performing democracy : Bulgarian music and musicians in transition. Chicago, Ill. [u.a.]: Univ. of Chicago Press. p. 489. ISBN 9780226078267. 
  2. ^ "Past Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Kate Bush and Trio Bulgarka interview