Stoyanova Valkana 1922 - 2009 (87)

I love songs that talk about beauty, courage and humanity.


Valkana Stoyanova (Bulgarian: Вълкана Стоянова, 1922-2009) was a Bulgarian singer of traditional music, the most important of her time. She was born in the small village of Liulin in the Yambol area on July 13, 1922, the youngest child of a large family.

She grew up among the songs that were sung at festivals, weddings, winter nights when the family gathered by the fireplace. She was just 14 years old, in 1936, while shw was singing during a party and charmed one of the festival's guests who was working in the music industry. He invited to Sofia where she recorded traditional songs from the region of Thrace. Soon she became famous for her voice. Her repertoire will include more than 500 folk songs, including "Nyagol na Milka dumashe", "Altanli Stoyan voyvoda", "Dimo na Rada dumashe". Many of them were recorded in the Bulgarian National Radio. In 1951 she won the competition for performers in the newly established folk song and dance group in Sofia. She taught at the school of the National School of Folk Arts "Philip Kutev" in Kotel, passing on her knowledge to the next generation of traditional music singers.

Valkana Stoyanova died in Sofia on January 11, 2009, at the age of 86.

In 2015, the "Balkan Stoyanova" Foundation was established and a book with the lyrics of the most famous songs was released