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Slovakia and the fujara

“I play like I breathe” is an expression typical for musicians playing the wind instrument called the fujara. Indeed, correct breathing, which predetermines the beauty of the sound, is essential for playing the fujara.
This woodwind instrument, with three tone holes, is part of Slovak cultural heritage and is considered the queen among folk instruments in Slovakia.

Although the fujara was originally played by shepherds, today it has captured the attention of professional musicians. From the outside, the fujara is reminiscent of a simple flute, albeit with different dimensions. It can vary widely in length, ranging from 120 to 210 centimetres. The traditional fujara is usually handmade, crafted from maple or robinia (white locust) wood. Before the instrument is made, the wood is dried for a month to ensure high-quality sound.

Due to its originality, the fujara was included in the prestigious UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005. Slovakia also holds an annual festival to celebrate this instrument.