Elvis Posted January 23, 2015 Share Posted January 23, 2015 Hello guys.. i wanted to show you something that unique to my country, and thats ensembles called "KLAPA" in Croatia...its accepted as Croatian National Heritage and UNESCO protected it as "non-material heritage" Its bassically a choir but with a certain Mediterranean feel to it.. Take a listen to one of my favourite "Klapa" from Croatia... I am aware its in Croatian and you wont maybe understand alot of it, but i figured its an interesting "hear" nevertheless There are modern "KLAPA" that uses instruments but the original way is acapella...and imo more beautifull Ill try to translate the lyrics down below but take note that it will be more or less literal translation so something will be lost in translation Ill try my best with the lyrics Verse1 Oh My Song I poured my sould into you And released you into world Because of my love, unhappy To light my path While im seeking for it Verse2: All the beauty of the world i poured it in here In this fistfull of words In my mysery and my destiny To light my path while i seek for her (love) Because my soul cant continue without it (love) Ref: Oh my song fly over to her And whisper her dearest of the word's That i still carry for her On my heart this open wound That only she knows how to heal Edit: This is how UNESCO describes klapa singing The leader of the singing group is the highest voice â€“ I. tenor, followed by several II. tenori, baritoni and basi voices. Multipart singing, a capella homophonic singing, oral tradition and simple music making are the main features of traditional klapa singing. Another important feature of the klapa is the ability to sing freely, without the help of the notation of tunes and their harmonisation. During the performance, singers stand in the recognizable setup, tight semi-circle, communicating occasionally by the hand gestures and moves of the singing leader â€“ I. tenor. I. tenor starts the singing followed by the others in a specific manner (singing formulas) where II. tenori sing in parallel thirds, basi feature the major key functions and baritoni â€œfillâ€ the harmony of the chords. Technically, klapa singers express their mood by means of open guttural, nasal, serenade-like sotto voce and falsetto singing, and usually in high-pitched tessitura. The main aim of the singers is to achieve the best possible blend of voices. Topics of klapa songs usually deal with love, familiar life situations, and the environment in which they live. Love, though, is the predominant theme. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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