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Pishti pile Rabetinska Reka


(A song about the Kichevo voivodes Vancho Srbakov and Kocho Matev-Kurshumcheto)
Pishti pile Rabetinska Reka - Sung by Orce Bogdanoski, Kichevo


More, pishti pile, pishti pile
Rabetinska Reka, Rabetinska Reka.
Ajde, mi se slusha, mi se slusha
v cela Kichevija, v cela Kichevija.

Mi go sardisale, sardisale
Vanchota Srbakov, Vanchota Srbakov.
Borba se vodeshe, krv se leeshe
za Makedonija, zemja porobena.

Napomosh mu dojde, bratski da se borat,
Kocho Kurshumcheto od selo Krushica.
Togash pochna asker da mi bega,
preku Razboishta, od Makedonija.


Another version of this song:

Ajde, pishti pile, pishti pile
Rabetinska reka, Rabetinska reka.

- Ajde, pomosh davaj, brate le Vancho,
nie izginavme, zhivi nè fatija.

- Ajde, drzhi, drzhi, mlad Pesho Pasha,
zhivo ne davaj se, zhivo ne davaj se!

- Ajde, i da drzham, brate le Vancho,
korka leb nemame, nitu pak dzhepane.

- Ajde, drzhi, drzhi, mlad Pesho Pasha,
zhivo ne davaj se, samiot utepaj se!

dzhepane (turkism) - ammunition


Vancho Srbakov
Vancho Srbakov - born in the village of Vraneshtica (Kichevo area) was a Kichevo region voivode of IMARO, a Smilevo Congress delegate, a participant in the Ilinden Uprising. Died on April 24, 1905 in the village of Cer (Kichevo area) together with Hristo Uzunov and his cheta in a battle with Turkish forces.
Kocho Matev Kurshumcheto
Kocho Matev Kurshumcheto - born in the village of Krushica (Kichevo area) was a Kichevo region voivode of IMARO, a participant in the Ilinden Uprising. Together with the voivode Vancho Srbakov at the locality of Razboishta they prevented the penetration of the Turkish army and bashi-bazouk bands to the town of Krushevo. The resistance continued until August 10, 1903 when five Turkish army camps broke up the defense at Razboishte and devastated the villages in the region of Rabetinska Reka, torching houses, raping women, and killing children and elders. They killed over 130 people. After the Ilinden Uprising Kocho Matev left for Bulgaria. On July 9, 1904 at their return to Macedonia, the united chetas of the voivodes Kocho Matev, Atanas Babata, Stojan Donski, and Slavejko Arsov were betrayed by Serbomans of the village of Kokoshine (Kumanovo area). After a six-hour battle with the Turkish army over 20 komitadjis were killed including the voivodes Kocho Matev, Stojan Donski, Trajche Tanev, and Stefan Meshkov. The wounded voivode Slavejko Arsov killed himself.
Petar Radev Pashata
Petar Radev Pashata known as Pesho Pasha - born in 1875 in Gradoman (Sofia area) was a Kichevo region voivode of IMARO, a participated in the Ilinden Uprising. After the uprising Toma Nikolov appointed him a commander in Rabetinska Reka region. Pesho Pasha was killed on May 25, 1907 near the village of Rusjaci (Mak. Brod area) by Serboman chetniks infiltrated in his cheta by order of Gligor Sokolović.
Toma Nikolov
Toma Nikolov - born in the village Vraneshtica (Kichevo area) was a priest and activist of IMARO, a close associate of Dame Gruev, Pere Toshev, Anastas Lozanchev, Pavel Hristov, Boris Sarafov, Hristo Matov and others. He participated in the Smilevo Congress and the Ilinden Uprising. Toma Nikolov died in 1946 in Sofia.
Simeon Savev Ninev
Simeon Savev Ninev - born on January 15, 1841 in the village of Jagol Dolenci (Kichevo area) into a wealthy family. He studied in the Monastery of the Holy Virgin of Kichevo. From 1861 until 1870 he participated in rebel chetas which acted through Kichevo, Polog and Skopje areas. He was a volunteer in the squads of Giuseppe Garibaldi and participated in the Franco - Prussian War. As a voivode of SMAC in 1902 he participated in the Gorna Dzhumaja Uprising together with the voivode Todor Saev of Pirin. As an organizer of the chetas in Wallachia (Romania) in 1903 joined the detachment of the voivodes Sofronija Stojanov and Aleksandar Protogerov. Simeon Ninev died in Silistra, Bulgaria.