Klapa 'Garmica'

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Croatian culture is as old as the stone on which Dalmatia, the beautiful coastal region of Croatia, lies. The wonderful scenes with the sun, the coast and the islands are best expressed through the “klapa” singing (“klapa” is a group of male or female singers who sing in a special way, typical for Dalmatia) which is one of the facets of the old Croatian culture. To lose “klapa” singing it would mean to destroy all the links to and memories of the past and the people who cherished the traditional singing with love and passed it to every new generation.
Friendship is one of the most important and the most precious things a man can have in his life. Friendship is woven into the history of “klapa” singing which had existed hundreds and hundreds years before
The song is the most beautiful speech of heart, the heart which had so little time to speak because of the hard life it lived. When hoes were put away into “konoba”s (a room on the ground floor in a typical Dalmatian house), when nets were pulled out from the sea after a hard day's work, friends would meet in a “konoba” or by the sea and a song would well forth. It is that song that incorporates the recorded history of the region. How old is the first “klapa”? It is as old as are the first friendship and the first congenial souls whose hearts gave birth to a song...

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