For centuries Kosovo Albanian have lived within extensive families among members consisting of 70 to 100 which were ruled by a chosen patriarch.
The Kosovars constitute of the Gheg sub-group in which the basis of its social system is based on the clan or “fis”. Among this sub-group is also the sub-clan which is recognized as “vellazeri” consisting of a group of blood-related families. The clans are extremely devoted to their members and the great blood feuds that were frequent in the past century are no longer present.
Among the current modern times, the former customs and traditions are gradually vanishing due to the influence of the western world which has even reached remote areas of the country.Religion
Ages ago, the Kosovar Albanian ethnics were chiefly Roman Catholic by religion. The religion changed, however, in the 14th century when the Ottoman Turks conquered Kosovo and introduced the new religion of Islam which many Albanian families found appealing and, in return, embraced in large amounts. At present, only around 3% of the Kosovar population is composed of the Roman Catholics.
Even though the vast majority of Kosovar Muslims are not firmly religious or radical among their views, a great number of them practice the most common Islamic traditions, practices, and preventions such as the more common Islamic holidays and the ideal of not eating pork.Traditional music:
Rapsodi is a special traditional music genre. Rapsodi are poetry mainly about homeland,war and famous warriors. They are always accompanied with instruments such as Ciftelia or Sharkia.In a special way, they are patriotic songs which are dedicated to brave warriors.
Sofrat represents a group of male artists and singers who sing together siting around the table. Their songs are mostly folklore with different social topics which are followed by generations.These songs are accompanied with many instruments.The musicians are also part of sofra.
They're separated on two parts. The first part are Songs for the bride before she gets married. They're usually accompanied with Def - a traditional instrument.The second part are songs for the couple. They are accompanied with lots of instruments and have interesting topics. Some of them express congratulations for the couple, characteristics of living together etc. Wedding Songs usually goes together with specific traditional dance.
Lullabies are short poetic monologues, where the parents express their wishes about their children before sleep. The most usual artistic and literary figures that are used are comparison and personification.Traditional dances:
The dances are often named by the region where they come from.
The most popular dance is Shota.It is an idyllic dance for a girl and a boy, showing their interest in each other. At first the girl is teasing the boy, then the boy shows as though he is not interested in her, but in the end the boy receives the scarf of the girl, showing her love for him and sometimes the girl receives the scarf of the boy in returnTraditional clothing:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tradition ... _of_KosovoContemporary music:
The modern music in Kosovo has its origin in the Western countries. The main modern genres include: pop, hip hop, rock and jazz.
Some examples: Traditionalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZCSQlnFU7shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOTuY7pTPkEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBEOhsgPLaYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mef4c-UcPJYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dRY7bdsGvIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d5IYY-NFgkWedding songs:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3hD4ZWDUVchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl_8QRVntvYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72I6fhMPEFAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tDzNeAJS68Dances:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPamrzOG0l0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSFRDwa9r-chttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMawoAp1ZKMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFg1YY5uMMYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GdvEYflR0khttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMREOcQVJAohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSzN5qcue3QReligious music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2wx2owywwcContemporary music:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RWBrmDMC-Ahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb3XJ0CO7F0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdFYLH8I2ohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPTgTd41mnEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnp80c6ra9Ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJnnT1SGEschttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yddX5MB9vighttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg53ugGVvo8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v90XIaX3yE0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beIs92iBLXU