SMARTLAPPEN SINGING WORKSHOP - € 74,50 pp.
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Smartlap is a name for the life song and especially for those forms of the life song in which a larmoyant history is told. In the nineties, the word smartlap with the rise of smartlap choirs and smartlalap festivals grew into a gossip name. Because of the folk character of the smartlap, it seems likely that the genre is inspired by the repertoire of market and street singers from the 19th century and before.
The origin of the smartlap or the song of life must be found in the French chansons. In the course of the 19th century, self-written songs with sentimental content emerged in the working class. They were recited and sung in cafés. At the beginning of the 20th century, the smartlap and the song of life were in a damn corner for a long time. It was put away with some dedain as music of the "lower social class." In the course of the 20th century, the smartlap and the life song came back strongly. The smartlap is now a respected genre that is seen as part of Dutch culture.
The literal meaning of "smartlap" is a canvas or leather rag, on which smart is depicted as a kind of comic strip. Since time immemorial, troubadours have moved from residential community to residential community, keeping people up to date with what was going on elsewhere. Once arrived at the village square, where the necessary interested people had gathered, the smartlap was unfolded and the images on it were reinforced what the folk singer had to say or sing.
The regent's expansion drives, whether successful or not, the amorous escapades of the queen, love suffering in the next village, you name it. The troubadours of that time lost their function when the newspaper and later the radio, television and digital media made their appearance. But they persisted! In the form of artists such as Andre Hazes, Willie Alberti, Corrie Konings, the Singer without Name and Hans Bauer. But also: Jack Poels, Boudewijn de Groot, Stef Bos and Huub van der Lubbe, who rather approach the intellectual side of the life song and the smartlap