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Tamburitza Orchestra Dobrec – Slovenia

In my recent post about Ferenc Sebö the tambura (also known as tamburitza, tamburica, ….) was used in some videos. I wanted to find some more information and videos about this instrument. Today I have found the videos of the Tamburitza Orchestra Dobrec, an orchestra similar to a mandolin orchestra but composed from tamburitza instruments.

You can find more information about the instruments used in this tamburitza orchestras in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments: Instruments of Kroatia

Here is a short note from the homepage of this orchestra about the history of this orchestra:

It all began in 1993, when a tamburitza beginner’s course was first founded, located at an elementary school Osnovna sola Dragatus,. ….With hard work and creativity of our leader Anton Grahek, and that of other members of the orchestra, we are dedicated to spreading the sound of tamburitza and that of Bela krajina across our homeland as well as abroad. Our aim is to familiarize people with our rich musical heritage and our traditional folk instrument tamburitza. Every year we participate at different festivals for tamburitza and mandoline orchestras of Slovenia, where, to this day, an expert jury already awarded us with three awards. Our most important achievement dates back in 2003 as we released our first CD.

Next to authentic folk songs of Bela krajina and that of Slovenia, we also perform songs from other nations, musical arrangements and adaptations of evergreens, latin american and classical musik. However, our ochestra is especially renowned for its unique sound and melody as well as brilliant performing technique.

In the first video the orchestra plays La bamba with a lot of energy and joy:

Tamburica orchestra KUD Dobreč – La bamba – Dragatuš 2006

Oblivion (Astor Piazzolla)

Other tunes played by this orchestra that can be found at youtube include Over the Rainbow, Lambada, Waltz No. 2 by Schostakovich, Besame Mucho or Perfidia.

Playlist with more videos, the playlist begins with a video from a cooperation of the orchestra with singer Janez Doltar:


Additional information

youtube channel KUD Dobrec


The Ultimate Mandolin Songbook: 26 Favorite Songs Arranged by Janet Davis (Amazon partnerlink)


Ferenc Sebö – Music from Hungary – Music for…

Many years ago I bought a record with Hungarian music for my parents – a record with title La Hongrie – Musique a Danser by the Ferenc Sebö Ensemble. I made a copy on a cassette for me, and this cassette became one of my favorites. And I have played many of the tunes on my mandolin.

Today I found a couple of videos of Ferenc Sebö and his ensembles, with many of the songs that I know from this record. There are videos from as early as 1975, but also many videos from more recent concerts, including many of the songs that I know from my old record.

This music is also used for dancing, in some videos you can see people dancing to the music.

Ferenc Sebö plays mostly the guitar and sings. Other instruments used in his ensembles are the violin, different plucked instruments from Eastern Europe like the tambura and the bouzouki, the jew’s harp, hurdy gurdies, flutes and reed instruments and drums. The singing of Ferenc Sebö and some other singers, including Sebestyén Márta, is very typical for the Hungarian music.

The following is a video from 1975, with a selection of songs to poems by Sándor Weöres. In this video you can see and hear a tambura, a small plucked instrument with 5 strings:

Sebő ensemble by Márta Sebestyén sings Sándor Weöres poems

One of my favorite tune is Rejtelmek – a very simple tune, composed of just the first 5 tones of a scale – but a really beautiful tune.

Here is a version with Koncz Zsuzsa and Sebestyén Márta and Ferenc Sebö on the guitar:

Koncz Zsuzsa, Sebestyén Márta- Rejtelmek

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