Cantu in Paghjella

"Cantu in paghjella" is a Corsican singing tradition that the has been listed by UNESCO as one of ICH treasures in need of urgent safeguarding. Paghjella makes substantial use of echo and is sung a capella in a variety of languages including Corsican, Sardinian, Latin and Greek. Both a secular and liturgical oral tradition, paghjella is performed on festive, social and religious occasions. The principle mode of transmission is oral, largely through observation and listening, imitation and immersion, commencing first as part of young boys’ daily liturgical offices and later at adolescence through the local Church choir. Despite the efforts of its practitioners to revitalize its repertoires, paghjella has gradually diminished in vitality, due to a sharp decline in intergenerational transmission caused by the emigration of the younger generation and the consequent impoverishment of its repertoire. Unless action is taken, paghjella will cease to exist in its current form, surviving only as a tourist product devoid of the community links that give it real meaning

Figure 1: Corsican singing tradition "cantu in paghjella" has been listed by UNESCO as one of ICH treasures in need of urgent safeguarding. Click here to watch video in youtube.