Cavtat's (Konavle's) klapa Oštro will be one of the klapas (klapa = Dalmatian traditional ensemble) competing in the 15th 'Dalmatian Song Evenings', announced the festival's three-member Selection Committee.
DSE was founded in 1999 in Kaštel Kambelovac (near Split) and is held in July each year. This year's edition will see performances by 16 ensembles, both all-male and all-female bands being equally represented.The Croatian National Television (HRT) will air the show live.
Insofar, at their performances both in Croatia and abroad, klapa Oštro's repertoir has most heavily leaned toward interpretation of the traditional chants and songs primarily from Konavle and the wider Dubrovnik area, although they have been known to throw in the mix a few compositions by various Croatian composers.
Here's a couple of more songs, from their 'Konavle' album:
Klapa Oštro also regularly performs at several Dalmatian music festivals, including the most prestigious one in Omiš. Occasionally, its eight a capella singers are accompanied by lijerica.
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