Balkania Fanzine is not just a magazine— it’s an introduction to the biggest phenomenon you’ve never heard of. Since the fall of socialism in Bulgaria the popular music culture of choice has been Chalga, or “Pop-Folk.” A mixture of traditional Bulgarian folk music, Gipsy, or Roma elements, Turkish kuchek dance beats and modern electronic production.
The undeniable king of Chalga is Azis. His appearance in the scene 10 years ago transformed the industry, radicalizing and scandalizing the Bulgarian media. What better place to start for our innagural issue than Balkania’s reigning, controversial, gender-bending, prolific, gay, gypsy, millionaire megastar?
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