The frula (pronounced [fr?la], Serbian Cyrillic: ), also known as svirala (?) or jedinka, is a musical instrument which resembles a medium sized flute, traditionally played in Serbia. It is typically made of wood and has six holes. It is an end-blown aerophone. The frula is a traditional instrument of shepherds, who would play while tending their flocks.
For a list of similar instruments, see the section below.
The frula is a small wooden flute with six holes. In the Balkans, the frula was played by shepherds while tending their flocks. It is a traditional instrument of Serbia, one of several aerophones used for leisure time, rituals, or accompanying the kolo (circle dance), along with long flutes (duduk, cevara), the double flute (dvojnice), and the bag-pipe (gajde).
Notable frula players (frula?i) are Adam Milutinovi?, Sava Jeremi?, Tihomir Paunovi?, Neda Nikoli?, Velja Kokori?, Borivoje Todorovi?, Bora Dugi?, Slobodan Vuki?evi?, Spasoje Jovi?, Andrija and Tomislav Baji?, Radovan Jovanovi? and others.
There are many events dedicated to the frula, such as the Prva pastirska frula in Jagnjilo, Dani Save Jeremi?a in Ra?anj, sabori frula?a in Leli? and Prislonica, takmi?enja frula?a in I?o?, and Frula fest in Kru?evac.
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