Croatia: Klapa s Mora reveals “Mižerja”
Following a few difficult years on the Eurovision scoreboard, Croatian broadcaster HRT decided to return the country to its musical roots for ESC 2013 by sending a classic “klapa”, or traditional male harmonic group, to Malmö. Six of the most talented klapa singers were brought together to form a so-called “Super Klapa” (now officially called “Klapa s Mora“). Today, their song “Mižerja (Misery)” was revealed to the public.
Marko, Ante, Nikša, Leon, Ivica, and Bojan will try to bring Croatia back into the Finals for the first time since 2009, when Igor Cukrov and “Lijepa Tena” just scraped into the Saturday night on the good graces of the jury’s wildcard pic. Will Europe as a whole go for this highly regional, yet highly beautiful, traditional entry?
(On a side note, while I think that “Klapa s Mora”, or “Klapa of the Sea”, is a lovely name for the ensemble, I do kind of wish that the group had stuck with the name “Super Klapa”. It made it sound like they get to wear capes and fly around the world, stopping crime in sweet six-part-harmony. Or maybe that’s just my overactive imagination?)