Lora Ivanova sings “Hubava si, moya goro,” a Bulgarian folk song

Lora Ivanova sings “Hubava si, moya goro,” a Bulgarian folk song

  • Source: Elana Mann
  • Year: 2011
  • Submitted by: Elana Mann


In the early 20th century, Greece, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Serbia were fighting for their independence from the Turkish Empire. During these intense times of war, the forest was a pivotal cultural and political meeting point. Both a place for refuge and a tactical advantage for the Bulgarians, guerrilla warrior groups would collect in the forest, fleeing their homes and abandoning their families, to fight the Turks. This song, “Hubava si, moya goro”–which literally translates to “You’re beautiful, my forest”–is a revolutionary ode to that forest and how it played a monumental role in this time of turmoil.  Bulgarian native Lora Ivanova sings this song for an exhibit entitled “For more than one voice” created by the performance artist Elana Mann in 2011 at 323 projects.

Resonate-Reverberate-Roar (Re-Re-Roar) is a growing archive of original sounds that express an experimental, independent, and socially progressive spirit.  The sounds on Re-Re-Roar include field recordings, interviews, songs, speeches, experimental music, and more. Re-Re-Roar is a site for activ[ist] listening, with the purpose of distributing sounds of resistance to eager ears around the globe. Visitors are encouraged to add their own sounds of resistance to the archive through the website's submit function.

Re-Re-Roar originated from artist Elana Mann’s collection of sounds of resistance, which she began during the Iraq war in 2007 by recording commuters in Los Angeles and Iraq. The website was incubated during Mann's time as the 2013 Amy M. Sears artist-in-resident at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, amongst a group of peace activists from the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet & Consociates. Re-Re-Roar was designed by Roman Jaster and Nicole Jaffe, with production assistance from Reilo Dahl. For more about Elana Mann visit: elanamann.com