Rumen Shopov is a concertmaster and tambura soloist of the famous Nevrokopski Ensemble for National Songs and Dances, the oldest Bulgarian professional folk ensemble. Shopov is also a representative of the ancient Rom or Romani musical tradition. The Rom people, who are sometimes called “gypsies” by outsiders, came originally from India a thousand years ago and are now spread through much of Europe and beyond. There are more videos featuring Rumen Shopov and Rom music in Travels with Music, Series One, available online at

This resource is part of the Travels with Music: Bulgaria/Rom collection.

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