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Welcome to the Ember Online Class Portal!

In this portal you'll find practice recordings, lyrics, translations, cultural information, and original or professional recordings for our songs when we have access to them. We hope you visit this place often to sing along with recordings for your own learning, joy, and practice! This is also where you can pull up lyrics and translations to have when participating in live or self paced class. As with anything, the more time you devote to these course materials, the more you will get out of our shared learning experience.

Practice Tip: If you find yourself getting sleepy or grouchy at work or need to break up your activity in some way, take 5 minutes in a quiet place and sing a song or two from class here in the portal! It speeds up your learning of the material, brightens the mood, and can bring some renewed energy into your day.

Remember as you practice to be kind to yourself. Learning this music is rewarding, but also challenging! Always start with gentle singing or warmups we learn in class. If singing ever hurts, please stop. Singing should feel easeful, not painful. A lot of the singing styles we explore here are vocally intense, and learning to find ease within the intensity is a wonderful skill to work toward in singing and life! 

Traditional Folk Dresses
 

Dilmano Dilbero

Dilmano Dilbero is a well-known Bulgarian folk song from the Shoppe region in northwest Bulgaria. The arrangement we learn here is from the famous Bulgarian composer Philip Koutev, but traditionally this song would be sung village style in two parts with a melody and drone.

The song is a flirtatious harvest / planting song, in which a young person is out flirting in the with Dilmana while she's planting peppers. They are saying to Dilmana, 'Beautiful Dilmana, how is it that you plant a pepper so that it flowers and fruits and you can harvest and eat as much as you like?' and Dilmana answers while sensually poking a seed into the soil, 'You poke it into the ground and plant it there, then it flowers and grows and fruits and you can pick and eat as much as you like.' 

Dilmano Dilbero - Unknown Artist
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Dilmano, dilbero, Dilmano, dilbero

kaži mi kak se sadi pipero, kaži mi kak se sadi pipero

Da tsafti da varzhe, da tsafti da varzhe

da beresh(x3) kak sakash, da beresh(x3) kak sakash

da beresh(x3) kak sakash, da beresh(x3) kak sakash

 

Pomoniga, pobotsniga, pomoniga, pobotsniga

Teta kak se sadi sadi pipero, Teta kak se sadi sadi pipero​

Da tsafti da varzhe, da tsafti da varzhe

da beresh(x3) kak sakash, da beresh kak sakash

da beresh(x3) kak sakash, da beresh kak sakash

Dilmana, beautiful one,

Tell me how to plant pepper

So it blossoms and gives fruits

And you can pick, pick, pick as much as you want​

Poke the ground, plant it there

That's how it plants pepper

So it blossoms and gives fruits

And you can pick, pick, pick as much as you want

Here is Le mystere des voix Bulgares singing a different arrangement of Dilmano Dilbero. Observe their sound, mouth and faces while singing, and poise.