Kolan, the island of Pag
The northern Dalmatian island of Pag stretches out across the Velebit mountain, near the Gulf of Quarnero. The specific feature of the traditional music of the island of Pag is variety of musical traditions. The Northern part of island (Novalja) musical tradition was influenced by Quarnero island musical traditions. The town of Pag musical tradition has more in common with the urban musical traditions, while Southern part of the island (Povljana, Vlasici) had musical features similar to the Dinaric Hinterland (Ravni Kotari) musical traditions (pjevanje na bas).
The main economic resource of Kolan is cattle-rising and cheese production. Paski sir (sheep cheese) is a renowned product of exceptional quality. Kanat/kantanje, the term that describes singing in Kolan belongs to the older tradition of polyphonic singing styles.
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