This is how partying sounded in ancient times, and it’s absolutely hilarious

This Is How Partying Sounded In Ancient Times, And It's Absolutely Hilarious

Whenever I hit the club, the scene from 1998’s Blade movie comes to my mind. I feel like an alien watching all of those ecstatic clubbers headbanging and waving their hands to the sounds of some weird techno music.

 I feel like any moment blood will rain, and everyone will turn to vampire.

But that is how partying work nowadays, you have your techno music, or you can go to rock or pop clubs or concerts, and you will always see bunch of people ecstatically dancing, while others are quiet types – they are just holding their beers, barely nodding their heads to the rhythm.

It is the same in your house music or rap clubs.

I wondered how partying looked before.

Even before those eighteenth century stuck up ball nights and waltzes when people danced around each other with little or no contact at all.



If you listen to a ganga music, type of singing that originated from rural Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Montenegro, first thing that pops into your head is that you are exposed to a kind of shouting. This type of singing is preserved only on the territory that was once inhabited by the Illyrian tribes.

When urban people hear ganga, they experienced it as disorganized sound, a symbol of primitivism.

I was once at a cultural event, where a group of men performed ganga and people in the audience rolled their eyes, they whispered rudely and mocked the performers.

When urban people hear ganga, they experienced it as disorganized sound, a symbol of primitivism.

When I hear it (i’m a country boy) I get moved.

Images of primitive tribal people run through my head. I see ancient Illyrians gathering around in the centre of their village, after they finished they daily routine. When i think about ganga, I always imagine a group of Illyrians talking to eachother, and when conversation dies down, while everyone is just sitting there as they are trying to think of a topic, one mildly intoxicated Illyrian starts to wail, and others join in.

Ganga is characterized by a lone singer singing a single line of lyrics, followed by others joining in, using a vocal style that is best described as a wail.

Fuck, they were musically handicapped.

Ganga is situated mainly in small towns, which tells me that it was sung in by common folk Illyrian's, in small settlements where people had no instruments but they wanted to express their emotions and to relax after a hard days work.

This is how Illyrian Music sounded like on greater parties, or on formal occasions where instruments were involved.

According to ethnomusicologist Ankica Petrović, ganga is usually performed by a group of three to five singers, eidier women or men (never mixed).

“Properly” performed ganga is experienced and described as a remarkable vocal genre within its cultural environment.

Ganga is one of the most controversial kinds of songs from an aesthetic point of view, being treated in quite opposite ways by different groups of people occupying different social positions in the former Yugoslavia.

Performers and consumers (listeners) of rural origin appreciated ganga highly, and regarded it as the most effective cultural symbol of the region where it was performed.

In contrast, urban dwellers and people from other regions of the former Yugoslavia, denied that ganga was a kind of music at all.

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