In conjunction with the
2008 NABO Convention|Chino Basque Club 40th anniversary, there was a tribute to all players
(past & present|living & deceased) of the "Klika in America" that embraced
Bakersfield, Chino, San Francisco & now Rocklin.
The 2008 NABO Convention hosted by the Chino Basque Club
included a special tribute to all
those who have taken part in the Klika tradition. While each community
has recognized its own, we have never come together as a larger
Basque-American community to acknowledge the contribution of these
performers. It's time.
The objectives were:
1. To honor the Basque-American Klika performers both living and
deceased, for their contribution in making the Klika tradition come
alive here in America.
2. To look toward to the
future of KLIKA IN AMERICA. This is a call to both young and old - to
join/participate! Sustaining this unique tradition will require
more young people to pick up the drums and bugles and march along.
3. To have a good time with the music.
What is requested is that all play
the same tunes for the Saturday night tribute and Sunday morning
mass. They include:
Oxan (march into
Andropo (salute at
(consecration of the bread)
(consecration of the wine)
Atera (exit from
Previous and current players
were honored, and it was an opportunity for their story to be
told. Not many know the origins of this Basque tradition. It is a
very localized tradition in just a handful of towns in Baxenafarroa and
Lapurdi--and now four towns here in America!
Bakersfield: Kern County Basque Club Klika
Chino: Chino Klika
origins of the Klika tradition are a mystery to most folks,
including most Basques. It's a very localized tradition to just
a handful of towns in Baxenafarroa & Lapurdi. To read
on overview of Klika history written by Pierre Igoa click on:
San Francisco: San Francisco Klika
Click on SF Klika
to see them in action (Feb. 2008)