Croatia: Klapa s Mora

Croatia

 

 

Croatia had decided on the traditional klapa song Mižerja long before Klapa s Mora were brought together, and is the first country to go truly back to their roots in a cappella style this year. The six members of the testosterone-fuelled group come from five different klapa (traditional Croatian a cappella music) bands, one of whom danced with Severina in the 2006 Contest. This is Croatia’s 20th year in the competition – can Klapa s Mora finally propel the country to the final for the first time since 2009?


 

 

Somewhat reminiscent of something sung a cappella by the most popular Eurovision act of all time, Mižerja is an oh-so pleasant, heartfelt mixture of harmonies and backing instrumentals. Klapa s Mora sing a traditional song (see a full translation courtesy of the EBU in the next tab) that translates as Hard Times. Don’t feel bad if you’re incapable of keeping in tune whilst humming along later on: true talent is not something often associated with the Eurovision Song Contest, but these six presentable chaps belong in the final.

Contagious rating: 6/10


 

 

Hard Times

I have no gold
To adorn your lovely form –
Only these two arms of mine
To embrace and keep you warm.

Oh, these hard times are stony and raw, now.
Oh, these hard times! The wine flows no more now.
I have only what I trust in:
A faithful heart of purest love.

Oh, these hard times are stony and raw, now.
Oh, these hard times! The wine flows no more now.
I have only what I trust in:
A faithful heart of purest love.

Oh, my rose so lovely,
All my life I’ll care,
And my final crust of bread
With you I’ll gladly share.

Oh, these hard times are stony and raw, now.
Oh, these hard times! The wine flows no more now.
I have only what I trust in:
A faithful heart of purest love.