NOKA: Basque Trio

Composed of Andréa Bidart, Begoña Echeverria and Cathy Petrissans, NOKA specializes in songs about Basque culture, gender and identity. We are particularly interested in songs that use noka, a familiar form of address historically used in speaking to a girl or woman with whom one had konfiantza or trust. Noka use has almost disappeared from every day speech, but it is still used among some immigrants to Chino, CA, our home town.  By singing in noka, we hope to bring more awareness to this important aspect of the Basque language and, perhaps, increase its use.