Aksak (LKT)

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“[The Bessarabian melody] Fotta-Poppa was probably originally an aksak piece, a Turkish term for asymmetrical meter, possibly in 7/16. The steps...to this [dance] seem to have been related to those of the bulgar.” Rubin and Ottens 1995, p. 23. (Recording references included).