Txilibrin, Basque Musician Dies at 91

Sopela, Biscay, Spain – A legendary figure in Basque music, Silvestre Elezkano, a.k.a.
“Txilibrin,” died this week in Spain’s Basque Country.

Txilibrin (pronounced chee-lee-breen), born in 1912, was well known as an alboka player and maker. The alboka is a Basque horn that nearly disappeared in the 20th century. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in the instrument and many young folk musicians are now playing it. Txilibrin’s albokas were highly esteemed.

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