Album: Perunika Trio, Introducing... (World Music Network)

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Perunika is a blossom named after the mythical goddess of spring and eternal youth who is said to make rain when she milks her cloud-cows; Bulgarian villages traditionally held festivals led by girls clad in leaves and branches who sang and prayed for rain.

The songs on this album reflect this culture with great charm, blending songs to the goddess with hymns to the Orthodox deity, and displaying the muscular harmonies and irregular rhythms which make this music so beguiling. Making this record has been a voyage of discovery for the London-based singers, who are now returning to their Macedonian roots.

Download this: 'Rekoh Ti, Tsone', for instant immersion in their world