March 2011: Folkloric Competition Orhei

Hello my name is Emily Getty and I am an Agriculture and Rural Business Development Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova. Moldovan folkloric music is an integral part of the culture here. I not only have the amazing opportunity to attend and watch folkloric competitions in my municipality center (raion or Orhei) but there is also a very talented and active women's folkloric choir in my town called Bastina. My host mom and host work partner are both members and recently I was asked to play trumpet with the group for their next competition.

As you can see all of the groups are dressed in traditional costumes. This is customary when performing Moldovan folkloric music. I hope you enjoyed these short video clips of music from Moldova.

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