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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




KLIKA: Basque marching band

A look back:  Klika 2008 Omenaldia:  Klika in America Tribute

The Kilka tradition is derived from only a handful of Basque towns of the Iparralde (north side) of the Basque country.  Essentially it is a military marching band with a unique twist.  Reaching back to the Napoleonic era two centuries ago, young Basques were drafted into the French army.  Their reputation as noted singers, dancers and musicians made them almost automatic picks for the military brass band in their respective units.  Upon completing their military service, many a young Basque had now learned to play the bugle or drums.  In typical Basque fashion, they took these talents and turned them into a Basque celebration of music.

Basque-American immigrants re-created this tradition here in America, specially in California were most of the Basques derived from the Iparralde.  The Basque clubs of Chino, Kern County (Bakersfield) and San Francisco each sponsor a klika that performs annually at their festivals.  

Online source to purchase inexpensive bugles:

Click on SF Klika to see them in action (Feb. 2008)




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