Zemya is a women’s a cappella ensemble known for singing a wide range of world folk music––from the Balkans, Russia and the Republic of Georgia to South Africa, the Americas and the British Isles. Based in southern Maine, Zemya is an offbeat group of women who recognize the need to reach out to the world around us through the unifying power of song.
We celebrate the rich harmonies and diverse vocal traditions of other cultures, with songs about relationships, our histories, lives, and our planet. The ensemble takes its name from “zemya,” the Bulgarian word for earth and soil. Zemya is: Deborah Gordon (Director), Barbara Beckelman, Ida Dyment and Ann Swardlick.