B Music

Albania has a rich spiritual culture and a highly developed oral tradition which finds its best expression in our folklore, particularly music, both in the traditional songs and dances. There are many different kinds of Albanian folk songs that vary from region to region and dialects too. The variety of choice is really great and each and every kind of musical expression, whether it is an epic ballad, a sweet melodic lullaby, a love song, a wedding song, a work song or a mourning cry, is unique and cannot be found anywhere else.

Within the music genres, the most distinguished and particularly exceptional is the Albanian iso-polyphonic music, which, for its uniqueness is proclaimed by UNESCO “a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. This type of music is typical of the Albanian southern and southern coastal regions of traditional way of singing. It is related to the iso of the Byzantine church music, is mostly not instrumental and involves one person who is the leader that starts the song, another one who sings back to the leader and a drone group who sing in different voices. This type of music requires high singing skills and for centuries has accompanied the joyous, heroic and sad occasions of the southern Albanian life.

B Traditions