Well, there are Oriental elements in chalga, not only, but there are. That’s why I personally am rather irritated when some of its fans get insulted by the name “chalga” (same as Gypsies wanting to be called Romi) and insist on calling it “pop-folk” instead. Folk? Whose folk? If there’s any folk, it’s Gypsy and Turkish one, nothing to do with our folk. Which is a shame, because not a few of the chalga singers have actually studied Bulgarian folk singing and they should know how to do it right. Well, considering the folk songs GLK has posted here, one or two of which are performed by chalga singers, I could agree with those things being called pop-folk, as opposed to actual, traditional folk. But for the actual chalga, the name is fitting – Turkish music, Turkish name. Though, of course, chalga is changing, evolving all the time – today its morphing and mixing with pop and hip-hop, while some people claim that the roots of chalga began with performers like Todor Kolev in the late 80s and early 90s (which seems more similar to the traditional, historical chalgia), which is somewhat different from the mutra hits from the late 90s and very different from the silicone hits from the 2000s and 2010s.