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  A federation of organizations to sustain BASQUE culture


  Izan ziralako, gara, eta garalako izango dira  
"Because they were, we are, and because we are they will be"
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Eguberri eta
Urte Berri On!

Merry Christmas &
Happy New Year!

Feliz Navidad y
Prospero A
ño Nuevo!

Joyeux No
ël et
Bonne Ann



KANTAK: Basque songs

Related links:                                   Basque Choirs | Singers              Basque song lyrics website
Bertsolaritza-Improvisation       Top 5 Basque songs                      Basque music videos         



Kantari Eguna
NABO's Kantuketan
Basque Song Exhibit


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

Here is some Basque song links to download and sample:

Xalbador-en bertsoak Xabier Amurizak kantatuak:

Euritan Blai:


Gontzal Mendibil (Iparragirre-ren kantuak)

Olatz Zugasti:

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

Gabon kantak: Christmas songs:



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