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Moldavian Fiddle and Kobza: Csango Bal

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Published on Feb 18, 2007

Moldavian Fiddler Toader Bogdan (from the village of Sterjaru) and kobza player Antim Ioan(from Radoia) play Moldavian dance music at the Csango Bal in Budapest, February 17th, 2007. The Csangos are a Hungarian speaking Catholic minority in Moldavia, the eastern region of Romania. Their instrumental music tradition shares much in common with non-Csango Romanian neighbors, and in this case neither of the musicians playing are Csango themselves. Ioan Antim is one of the last living Moldavian traditional players of the kobza (hungarian: koboz) as well as the small cimbalom. The kobza has become extemely rare in Romanian music, and the Moldavian style of playing even more so, which is why the camera tends to focus on the elderly Antim's playing style. Pardon the shakey quality, it was taken with a small canon digital camera's video function.

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