Zhivka Papancheva is a beloved Bulgarian folk singer from the Strandzha region. She started singing from an early age, and graduated from the boarding music school “Filip Kutev” in Kotel. Zhivka was a teacher at the music school she graduated from. She has recorded more than 30 songs for the “Golden Fund” of the Bulgarian National Radio. Some of her hits include “Siten Duzhd,” “Kitka ot Strandzha.” “Petur Kulelo Dyalashe,” and more. Zhivka emigrated to the United States in 2000. She is married to the award-winning Bulgarian-American accordionist-composer-producer Milen Slavov.