ZULAL - SONG FROM ARMENIA

"Zinch oo Zinch Dam?" “What Oh What Shall I Give?”

Zulal Acappella Trio - Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian and Anaïs Tekerian.

Many thanks to Teni for kind approval of this presentation.


Curators - WFMU

Recording - 2015 Golden Festival

Date - February 12th, 2015


Zulal are an Armenian Folk Trio…    

“We take traditional Armenian folk melodies and

arrange them ourselves in 3 part harmony.


A girl sees a very handsome swimmer in the river. She drops her

barrette into the water and says ‘Please will you retrieve it for me?


And he says  ‘Well...     What are you going to give me in return?

She offers her veil, then her belt, then her shirt. But it is finally a

moonlit kiss which convinces him, and the barrette is returned.”


Transliteration and translation to English of lyrics on this page

are adapted from versions by Kara Murza and others.


Audio from Free Music Archive, with Creative Commons

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License

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Zinch oo zinch dam loghvorteen? Zo-ma zo-ma-e_

Zim lachag dam loghvorteen. Co-ma co-ma-e

Voch ara, voch havnetsa.  Zo-ma zoma-e__

Voch hani dzamgal dzoven. Co-ma co-ma-e


What oh what should I give to the swimmer?

I’ll give him my hair bandana

I don’t like it, I won’t take it

And I won’t fetch your barrette


Zo-ma, zo-ma, zo-ma, zo-ma

Zo-ma-e, zo-ma-e, zo-ma-e, zomar


Zinch oo zinch dam loghvorteen? Zo-ma zo-ma-e_

Zim mechgab dam loghvorteen. Co-ma co-ma-e

Voch ara, voch havnetsa. Zo-ma zo-ma-e__

Voch hani dzamgal dzoven. Co-ma co-ma-e


What oh what should I give to the swimmer?

I’ll give him my belt

I don’t like it, I won’t take it

And I won’t fetch your barrette

Zo-ma-e, zo-ma-e, zo-ma-e, zomar

Zo-ma-e, zo-ma-e, zo-ma-e, zomar


Zinch oo zinch dam loghvorteen? Zo-ma zo-ma-e_

Zim shabig dam loghvorteen. Co-ma co-ma-e

Voch ara, voch havnetsa. Zo-ma zo-ma-e__

Voch hani dzamgal dzoven. Co-ma co-ma-e


What oh what should I give to the swimmer?

I’ll give him my blouse

I don’t like it, I won’t take it

And I won’t fetch your barrette


Zinch oo zinch dam loghvorteen? Zo-ma zo-ma-e_

Loosnag kisher bak ma darvi.  Co-ma co-ma-e

Ham ara, ham havnetsa_  Zo-ma zo-ma-e__

Ham hani dzamgal dzoven! Co-ma co-ma-e


What oh what should I give to the swimmer?

I gave him a kiss under the moonlight

I liked it, I took it

And I (finally) fetched the barrette from the sea!