(Kali) Preko, the island of Ugljan
Preko is one of several comparatively larger communities on the island of Ugljan. The island of Ugljan in Zadar archipelago, a part of the Central Dalmatia, is only a few kilometers away from the mainland. The traditional culture of this, as indeed of the most islands in the Zadar archipelago, is more typical of the Dinaric (traditional culture) region than of the Adriatic region to which it belongs geographically. The reason for this is the fluctuation of the population of the Dinaric region, which has been moving west towards the island and away from wars for centuries . The older archaic layers of singing and especially the dancing of nijemo kolo (mute round dance, i.e., round dance with no musical accompaniment) in different variants of the 6/8 measure is typical elements of the music and dancing tradition of the Dinaric region. In the same time, these are the features of the traditional musical culture of the islands in the Zadar archipelago. There are several partitions in the kolo performing; slow pace part - kolanje (walking dance), faster pace part and fast and dynamically the strongest part of the kolo dance. There is occasional singing during the walking dance. The songs that the women perform are either a part of kolo, or they may be melodies that the women learned when they met with other folk groups. Song performed in Presko kolo is decasyllabic short form song . The singing style constitutes a newer layer of two-part (diatonic) singing with fifths ending known as pivanje na bas, the most popular traditional singing style all over Croatia. After pocimalja (lead singer) started the verse, everybody joins in the singing (lower voice).
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