But I don't think that the Nuyorican crowd resembles a bunch of Greeks sitting around a fire listening to the vates strum a gusla
singing about the rage of Achilles.
Rhapsodists from Bosnia are invited each year to the home of the Vizier to recite passages from the ancient epic in the Bosniak language (that is, the Slav language of the Bosnian Muslims), accompanied on the single-stringed Serb gusla
. (9) This private annual celebration has been a source of contention between the Quprilis and the Sultan.
The guslari accompany themselves on the gusla
, or gusle (a one-stringed instrument), and intone their musical stories.
In Varna the Bulgarian musical society "Gusla
" was founded in 1899, "to remove the influence of the Greek music society from the cultural life of the town and confirm Bulgarian national traditions" a quotation from the young Dobri Khristov, later one of Bulgaria's foremost composers and musicologists.
Will Nediger says "One of my musical dictionaries lists both gusla
(or gusle) and gusli, both ancient stringed instruments, the former Slavonic an the latter Russian.
is Serbian for the instrument upon which Serbian minstrels, guslars, played while singing Serbian epic and hero songs.