centuries anonym music was formed that never ever had a single
concrete author. Most of the time the author was life alone.
Beautiful music, songs and folklore survived in the village called Zázrivá.
However it was hidden in the small cottages and in the hearths of
The thought to preserve the traditions and show the world the beauty
of Zázrivá was conceived in April 1998, where after an agreement
between the local village office, cultural center in cooperation
with the primary school Children Folklore Group ZÁZRIVČEK was
and Martina Bobáň from Terchová lead the folklore group.
There are several parts of the folklore group. Folk music, play on
accordions and folk dance. Director of folk dance is Martina Bobáň
educated in pedagogy, works as a preschool teacher. Folk music
part is led by Miloš Bobáň, who performed in different
folklore groups since he was eight years old and he was awarded
several commendations at all Slovakia competitions of soloists,
instrumentalists of folk songs. He is passing on his lifelong
experiences now to the younger generation of aspiring musicians.
Songs, dances and customs are usually being gathered form the oldest
citizens of Zázrivá and Terchová and then are formed so they can
be presented on the stage.
has over 50 members at the present time; nine of them form the folk
music. There are 15 accordion players, 30 dancers.
They held their first performance in August 1998 at absolution
Christian celebration. This was followed with “Christmas” at
Orava’s Christmas. This performance enchanted several older and
very experienced colleagues from many Orava’s folklore groups. The
pride of the folklore group is their 15 member accordion group and
four-member boys folk music. These little musicians are representing
Zázrivá at different folklore competitions and usually they bring
home the highest rewards.
three years the folklore group became a strong body and children
that are participating inn it are participating with love and
From their achievements I can say that they placed in the top of
most of the competitions they attended.
1999 they performed at Východná and Detva festivals, Jánošík’s
days in Terchová, then at the Orava’s accordion competition, in
Košice television, international folklose symposium in Banská
Bystrica and Orava’s Christmas. In 2000 they performed at all
Slovakias competition od accordion players in Oščadnica, all
state competition of folk music’s, soloists and instrumentalists
in Liptovský Mikuláš, Východná and Detva festivals, Jánošík’s
days in Terchová, accordion competition and finally at the X. Days
of Christian carols of Christians of Slovakia in Bojnice.
performs at many cultural gatherings in Zázrivá and surrounding
villages. They also cooperate with Slovak Radio in Banská Bystrica
where the group performed in program called: “The song in the
heart of birth place.”
plans include broadening of their program with dances and songs of Zázrivá
and surrounding regions. They like to continue developing children
talents and implant in them love for Slovak folklore and their
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Published in the Slovak Heritage Live
newsletter Volume 1, No. 4, Spring 2001
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