Obrint Pas breaking through

“Obrint Pas”, which translates to  “clearing the way” or “breaking through”, is the name of one of the most famous Catalan bands. Their music is a mixture of ska, rock, punk, reggae and Catalan folklore. The band was one of the first ones to use of the traditional Catalan Dolçaina, a conically shaped, double reed … Continue reading

The reapers – Catalonia´s national anthem

Though Catalonia is not a sovereign state, it does have its own national anthem. Even more than one, one could argue. “The reapers” was already regarded as national anthem of Catalonia long before the Catalan government made that official in 1931. However, during Franco’s dictatorship, after the Spanish civil war, the song was forbidden and … Continue reading