The story behind the Bulgarian song in space – “Излел е Дельо хайдутин” (in English: “Delio rebel has come out”) – A Bulgarian folk song, interpreted by Valya Balkanska
The story of the song:
Delio rebel was born in Zlatograd, Bulgaria. During the most powerful conversion to Islam of the Bulgarian Rhodope population in the last quarter of the XVIII century, he was strongly defending the Christians. According to the legend, Delio fell in love with the Bulgarian Muslim Gyulsyume. Although the Turks were torturing her to betray him, she stayed true to her love and warned Delio that the Turks were prosecuting him.It has been claimed that the song used to have 40 verses.
The song in space:
Its brilliant interpretation by the Bulgarian folk singer, Valya Balkanska, which you can find in the link below, made the song Излел е Дельо хайдутин (“Delio rebel has come out”) the first one to sound in the space in 1977 as a message from the Earth.