Voices

Listed as UNESCO World Heritage, Corsican polyphonic songs will enchant you !

Voices of Corsica

The voices of Corsica are part of the cultural heritage of Corsica. Notorious and varied, you have to discover them during your stay.

The Paghjella

The “Paghjella” is a non-sacred secular song, often sung in church by 3 or 4 people and registered under Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2009. It is a tradition that comes from shepherds who sang songs in the mountains together. Backed by powerful, harsh, rough, violent and moving voices, these songs are performed a cappella, like a resonating echo of the soul.

The Chjami è Rispondi

The “Chjami è Rispondi” is one of the pillars of the Corsican culture. Combining poetry and song in the Corsican language, these are jousts between two or more singers improvising on a given theme, usually in a festive setting. During this traditional oral improvisation, singers use Corsican language as an art form. Poets strike up a singing conversation and respond immediately to each other with rhyming sentences while the public encourages the participants. Themes are very varied. Chjami è Rispondi evenings are organised throughout Corsica and this contest is often initiated at different island fairs.

A Morra

“A Morra” is a kind of game similar to shifumi (Rock-Paper-Scissors), which is played as follows: two players stand facing each other with a closed fist in front of them. Upon a signal, each player opens his hand, raising as many fingers as they want (1 to 5) and shout out a number (2 to 10). A player scores points when the number shouted out corresponds to the total number of fingers shown. The numbers are accompanied by a colourful shouted language in order to intimidate the opponent. Originating in the mountains, this game is one of the oldest in the world.

 

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