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NOLA/Balkan Band Blato Zlato Drops Folktale-Inspired Music Video


New Orleans-based Balkan band Blato Zlato (Bulgarian for “Swamp Gold”) today shared their first music video in support of their debut album, released earlier this year. “Miatalo Lneche Iabalka” is a musical retelling of a Bulgarian folktale. 

 

The song, which translates to “Lenche Tossed an Apple,” tells the story of a girl who throws an apple up in the air and promises to marry the person who catches it. But when the wrong man catches it, hilarity and disaster ensues. 

 

The video, directed by Cameron Wheeless and Biliana Grozdanova, was produced by NOVAS’s Music Video Production Project funded by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s Community Partnership Grant. 

 

Blato Zlato consists of Lou Carrig (vocals, accordion), Ian Cook (violin), Annalisa Kelly (vocals), Pete Olynciw (upright bass), Ruby Ross (vocals), and Boyanna Trayanova (percussion). 

 

“Miatalo Lneche Iabalka” is true to form for the band, featuring Blato Zlato’s custom dark arrangements, three-part vocal harmonies and swelling instrumentals. The video features each member of the 6-piece outfit in various characters of the story, filmed in the swampy bayous and forests of City Park, and the courtyard of the Pharmacy Museum in the Quarter, spliced with footage from live performances by the band. 

 

Check out the video below. 




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