Kantades are serenades and this peculiar kind of melodic folk songs, is a purely unique musical part of the culture of the Ionian Islands and especially at Kefalonia. Its name derives from the Latin verb cantare (sing) and the first kantada is said to be created in Lixouri.
The music of Kantades is based on the rule of primo-secondo-bass since it is performed by several singers at the same time usually accompanied by guitars or mandolins. The Kantades songs usually speak of the islands, comparing one to another in a most comical way, and have been passed on from generation to generation ever since Venetian rule.
They play a major role at the lives of the locals and even the way people speak sounds like singing. Elderly people with melodic voices can be found in Lithostroto pedestrian mall street singing in groups, entertaining the people surrounding them just because they love to do so.