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  Izan ziralako, gara, eta garalako izango dira  
"Because they were, we are, and because we are they will be"
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Happy New Year!

Feliz Navidad y
Prospero A
ño Nuevo!

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ël et
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BERTSOLARITZA: Improvisational Basque verse

Bertsolaritza is the art of singing extemporary composed songs in the Basque language--Euskara--according to various melodies and rhyming patterns. Bertsos can be composed at a variety of occasions but generally either by a solo bertsolari, in company between more than one bertsolari amongst friends or at a competition. Such a sung piece of composition is called a bertso, the person who sings it is called a bertsolari and the art of composing bertsos is called bertsolaritza.

Click on this link below to read this special English issue on Bertsolaritza
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Related Links:
"Shooting From the Lip:" NABO's Bertsolari Book

Bertsozale website
Oral Tradition Special Basque Issue

Bertsolari - Wikipedia
Bertsolari Aldizkaria

Video clip:  Bertsolaritza from Batekmila
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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


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