First documented in Appenzell in 1545, yodeling wasn’t a novelty act on a 16th century Switzerland’s Got Talent but a way for Swiss herders to call to other herders or their livestock. These short yodels or Juchzin could mean things like “I’m close by” or “It’s time for lunch”.
Yodeling has evolved in the 21st century with bands like Swiss group Sonalp blending yodeling with rock music, electro sounds and even rap. Every three years Switzerland is gripped by yodeling fever during the Swiss national competition, which attracts over 200,000 spectators. The next one is in Davos in 2017.