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Atlantic Waves 23nov10: Croatia

A crescent-shaped country in southeast Europe, Croatia extends from the fertile plains of the Danube to the mountainous coast of the Adriatic Sea. In the Adriatic, Croatia has 1,185 islands-many are major tourist areas. The 1991-95 civil war between Croats and Serbs caused massive damage to cities and industries. War halted the tourist trade and drastically cut industrial output, including a lucrative ship-building business. Since the war, Croatia has progressed politically and economically; it applied for European Union membership in 2003.

Croatia is rich in folkloric music, including a well-known polyphonic choral tradition. This choral tradition was particularly popular during the communist era, when large women’s choirs were sponsored by the state. The best-known of these Croatian folkloric ensembles is Lado, who survived the collapse of both communist Yugoslavia and the war-torn 1990s intact.

More on Music of Croatia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Croatia

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