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Biography

Sofia, Bulgaria (1965-1971)

Paraskeva, Pasha Hristova, b. on 16 July, 1946 in Sofia, was a famous Bulgarian pop and singer, whose sudden death in a plane crash in 1971 put an end to her career.

Pasha Hristova grew up in the Kniazhevo district, close to the mountain of Vitosha in Sofia and worked as a draughtswoman in a factory for electric trucks. She graduated from the School for Estrada Singers and started working as a soloist in the Ensemble of the Construction Troops.

Her first success in music was the golden medal and first prize from the Show Music Festival in Sochi, Russia in 1967.

In 1968 she started working with the famous estrada singer Boris Gudzhunov (Борис Гуджунов) as a soloist in the Sofia Orchestra. They both were guest artists to many concerts in Russia, Czechoslovakia, Serbia, Hungary, Germany. For her 5 active years as singer, she recorded for the state music label Balkanton over 60 songs for radio and television.

She attracted international attention and gained prestige with many music awards i.e. The Golden Hart at Brashov, Romania, the Radio Contest “Spring” (Пролет), together with Мария Нейкова and Мими Иванова for the song Яворова пролет (Yavorov’s Spring) and the big prize at the Golden Orpheus for the song Повей, ветре (Begin to Blow, Wind) and the first prize for the emblematic song Една българска роза (One Bulgarian Rose) In 1971 she receives the first prize at the International Festival in Poland for the song “Oh, This Marvelous World” Ах, този дивен свят.

Her last award Melody of the Year is given posthumously, in 1972 for the record Бяла песен (White Song).

Pasha Hristova had a dramatic, wide range voice and sang ballads, pop music, folklore variations and jazz pieces. She had considerable improvisational skills, which were very moving, especially when she performed live. She was nicknamed The Festival Singer.

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