Traditional Music by Marko Zovko and Beau Verhoef


  • The klapa music is a form of a capella singing that first appeared in littoral Croatia in the middle of the 19th century
  • The word klapa is derived from a slang word in Italian that refers to "a group of people" and the singing style traces its roots to liturgical church singing
  • The motives in general celebrate love, wine (grapes), country (homeland) and sea
  • The 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 possible to double all the voices apart from the first tenor
  • Although klapa is a cappella music, it is possible to add a gentle guitar and a mandolin
  • Klapa singing has become increasingly popular in littoral Croatia; many young people from Dalmatia treasure klapa and sing it regularly when going out eating/drinking
  • This kind of music has gained popularity among mainstream audiences in coastal regions of Croatia too
  • In 2012 klapa was inscribed on UNESCO‘s Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Klapa Čuvite, Šolta

Klapa Cambi, Kaštel Kambelovac

  • Founding of klapa dates back to 1986
  • It was named after the noble family Cambi and the tower in Kaštel Kambelovac
  • It mainly performed traditional Dalmatian songs, and more recently it's original compositions
  • Celebrating 25 years in 2011 it held a series of concerts all over the Croatia; the special one was at the Poljud stadium (Split) in front of 15,000 people, which is so far the largest attended concert of klapa singers
  • In early 2013 it held a North American tour


  • Winners of 10 Porin awards – greatest Croatian music award (2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013)
  • Numerous awards at the Klapa Festival in Omiš
  • Grand Prix winner of the World Choir Championship in St. Petersburg in 2009


  • Tamburica (diminutive of tambura) music is a form of folk music that involves these and related string instruments
  • It became increasingly popular in the 1800s
  • The main themes of tamburitza songs are the common themes of love and happy village life
  • Tamburitza music is primarily associated with the northern, Pannonian part of the country
  • In the 1971 was formed one of the most famous and long lasting tamburitza ensembles Slavonski Bećari led by the legend of tamburitza music Antun Nikolić Tuca
  • Today, the most prevalent forms of tamburitza music are folk-pop combinations


  • Ganga is a type of singing which is characterized by a lone singer singing one line of lyrics and then others joining in for what can be best described as a wail
  • Ganga music is primarily associated with the Imotski region in Dalmatia
  • It is very rare to hear this music on Croatian airwaves, however, several popular Croatian musicians have incorporated some ganga into their work
  • It can also be heard in concert music: the American composer Craig Walsh incorporated a ganga-inspired wailing, sighing, pitch-bending, micro-tonal vocal style in his 'String Quartet No. 1' (2010)
  • Only recently has ganga begun to address political issues, incorporating themes from the Croatian Homeland War