Croat Bogde Cala is proof that it is never too late in life to do anything. Music lover Bodge has recorded his first album at the age of 84. The long-time klapa (a cappella) singer has a recorded a 12-song album titled: Pjesme koje volim i pjevam (Songs which I love and sing).
Cala, who is from Sibenik on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, has been a ‘recreational’ singer all his life, performing at churches, restaurants, and on the side of the street in his hometown with his klapa group for over 70 years. Cala is renowned in local circles for his outstanding bass-baritone and his distinctive tremolo, and he says friends encouraged him to record the album whilst his “voice still served him”.
The energetic 84-year-old is not done yet, he told daily Slobodna Dalmacija that he is preparing for a new music project, one that will see him revive songs that are no longer listened to from his region of Dalmatia.