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Chalga Band: Ratka Piratka

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Ratka Piratka is a radio show, aired on the frequencies of Radio Popolare, devoted to the music and the culture of the Balkans. It started four years ago, based on the assumption that the sound of former Yugoslavia shall not live by Bregovic alone. Widening more and more its range of action, nowadays Ratka Piratka sweeps from Albania to Turkey, from Greece to Ukraine. The virtual capital of its kingdom is of course Sofia, the city of the chalga, a music genre whose lyrics are peppered with irreverence and whose sounds mingle the rhythms from the gypsy universe with the reeks of the contemporary urban culture.


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