Vokalna Skupina Korijeni (Croatian Roots) is a non-profit (501c3), traditional Croatian folk singing group. The group focuses on singing traditional a cappella songs in 3 to 4 part harmony. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized several forms of Croatian singing: Klapa, Bečarac, Ojkanje, Istrian 2-part singing. Vokalna Skupina Korijeni intends to perpetuate traditional forms of Croatian singing.
Our mission is to increase public awareness of Croatian cultural and folk traditions by sponsoring, performing and promoting United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized forms of traditional a cappella singing and other forms of traditional Croatian singing via high quality vocal and music performances, education, communication, arts, research, and social activities.
Our logo, KORIJENI, incorporates the old "glagoljica" alphabet. The Glagolitic alphabet ˝Glagoljica˝ is the oldest known Slavic alphabet. It was created by Brothers St Cyril and St Methodius around 862–863 in order to translate the Bible and other texts into Croatian. The Croats using the Glagolitic alphabet were the only nation in Europe who were given special permission by Pope Innocent IV (in 1248) to use their own language and this script in liturgy.
All photography provided by Ann M. Lebar