Traditional a cappella singing
The klapa music is a form of a cappella singing. The word klapa translates as “a group of people” and traces its roots to litoral church singing. The motifs in general celebrate love, wine (grapes), country (homeland) and sea. Main elements of the music are harmony and melody, with rhythm very rarely being very important.
A klapa group consists of a first tenor, a second tenor, a baritone, and a bass. It is possibe to double all the voices apart from the first tenor. Although klapa is a capella music, on occasion it is possible to add a gentle guitar and a mandolin.
Klapa tradition is still very much alive, with new songs composed and festivals held