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KLIKA: Basque drum & bugle corps

The Klika or Basque drum and bugle corps is from only a few towns of the Iparralde or north side of the Basque Country.  This unique cultural tradition adds a punctuated accent to Basque gatherings. 

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.  

Music samples of klika tunes:
Osean zaharra
Besta Berri
Garde a Vous
(Note: you might have right-click and download onto your computer to listen)

Online source to purchase inexpensive bugles:



Garde a Vous

Body of Christ / Blood of Christ


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Chino Klika at the 2008 Omenaldia:  Klika in America Tribute

San Francisco Klika.  Click on SF Klika (video mpeg clip) to see them in action (Feb. 2008)

Bakersfield Klika at the 2008 Omenaldia:  Klika in America Tribute