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how to make a gaida

Bulgaria is host to two bagpipes: the djura gaida of Thrace and the kaba gaida of the Rhodope Mountains. During this episode you will have an insight on how to build a djura gaida and hear the master Petko Stefanov playing on the bagpipes he made. You will also hear how a Bulgarian gaidar can play in freezing temperatures and listen to 100 kaba gaidas playing together.

Thank you to Marie-Barbara Le Gonidec for her expertise.

Sedi Donka, Petko Stefanov, “The Magic of Bulgarian Gaida”, World Music Collection, 1999 PolySound Inc.