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” 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” 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.