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KANTAK: Basque songs

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Badok. Euskal Kantagintzaren ataria Online streaming of 400 Basque songs:  www.BaDok.info

There is a saying that three Basques make a choir.  Basques are noted music fans and singers, at least from what we know from recent history.  Earlier it appears that song remained outside the mainstream; the attachment became stronger when Basques were challenged by outsiders.  This is what prompted the works of the two priest "song-catchers:" Azkue and Donostia.  Azkue was more fortunate and his work was disseminated further.  The misfortune is that after them no real ethno-musical movement emerged; consequently our musical tradition remained in the realm of fantasy and legend moreso than reality until quite recently.

Is there Basque music?  Besides the defining characteristic of the lyrics in the Basque language, there was a massive debate over this at the beginning of the 20th century.  Two representative perspectives included Francisco Gaskue and R.M. Azkue.  Gaskue noted that many tunes were not only sung in the Basque Country [e.g., Uso Zuria, Agur Jaunak] and he hypothesized that Basque music was mostly a hybrid of borrowed material.  Azkue meanwhile took the opposite tack.  While acknowledging borrowing, Azkue emphasized the primacy of indigenous works.  The debate endures.  Basque music remains related to--yet distinct from--other song forms. 

Basque-American (Bertsolari) Poets

Jesus Goni, Jesus Arriada, Johnny Curutchet & Martin Goicoechea,

National Endowment For The Arts Announces the 2003 Recipients of the Nation's Highest Honor in the Folk and Traditional Arts


Musikazblai, euskal musikaren lehen ataria

Basque songs online

Click here to go to the Basque Government's webpage to promote Basque music.

Euskal kantagintzaren ataria
http://www.badok.info/index.php

Musikazblai.com Click on www.Musikazblai.com for the lyrics to 1,400 Basque songs.

Here is some Basque song links to download and sample:

Xalbador-en bertsoak Xabier Amurizak kantatuak:
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Amuriza-Xalbador-Aezkoako_apeza.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Amuriza-Xalbador-Hizkuntza_bizi_dedin.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Amuriza-Xalbador-Jaiotzako_negarra.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Amuriza-Xalbador-Ni_naiz.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Amuriza-Xalbador-Sorginarenak.mp3


Euritan Blai:
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Euritan_Blai-Elurraren_memoria.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Euritan_Blai-Errege_jauna_ehortzia.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Euritan_Blai-Ozpel-Jauzi_ta_putin.mp3


Ganbara:
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Ganbara-California_1930an.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Ganbara-Ilunberri_Lumbier_habanera.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Ganbara-Jaun_Zuria_Eringo_Printzea.mp3


Gontzal Mendibil (Iparragirre-ren kantuak)
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gontzal_Mendibil-Amorez_eria.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gontzal_Mendibil-Ez_bedi_galdu_euskera.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gontzal_Mendibil-Nere_izarra.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gontzal_Mendibil-Urretxuko_semeei.mp3


Olatz Zugasti:
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Olatz_Zugasti-Goizeko_bortzetan.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Olatz_Zugasti-Karrikaren_barna.mp3


Tapia eta Leturia
Click here to go to their website for song samples.


Gabon kantak: Christmas songs:

http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/01-Alaken.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/02-Kanta-alleluia.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/03-Mendi-aldetik-datoz.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/04-Loal-loa.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/05-Kanpaiak-jaietan.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/06-Din-dan-don.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/07-Olentzero.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/08-Kunkun-lolo.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/09-Ijitoen-astoa.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/10-Gabon-gaua.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/11-Trankatran-arre-arre.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/12-Gabonak-gabon.mp3
http://www.komunika.net/pub/Gabon-Gauean/13-Ator-mutil.mp3