Music in minority languages

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Re: Music in minority languages

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-11-14, 23:34

In addition to Sicilian, there are a number of Gallo-Italic language varieties spoken in various parts of Sicily, especially in the provinces of Messina and Enna. Their speakers are called the "Lombards of Sicily" but are in fact not Lombard in the modern sense; rather, their ancestors are mainly from Piedmont and Liguria, but "Lombardy" used to refer to all of northern Italy. One village in Enna where it's spoken is Nicosia (not to be confused with the capital of Cyprus). This is a song in the Gallo-Italic language variety spoken in Nicosia called "Â Nicusiana":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yN-nOB4f6Y

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-11-17, 7:46

This is a traditional hymn/religious song in Arbëresh from the small comune (so I guess a village?) of Contessa Entellina in the Province of Palermo, Sicily. It's sung during funerals there. The singer in this video is Reverend Nicola Cuccia from the local Greek Orthodox Church, which follows the Byzantine Rite:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdaEcIr-l4o

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-11-20, 5:51

Another village in the Metropolitan City of Palermo where some variety of Arbëresh is spoken is Mezzojuso. I'm not sure how different this variety of Arbëresh is from the other ones I've posted songs in so far, but I'm posting this one just in case it's in a different variety. This is "Kënga e Lazarit" or the Song of Lazarus, an old Arbëresh song sung in the style of Sicilian Opera. Unfortunately, the lyrics in the video stop corresponding to what's being sung after about two minutes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qIdIJTY5tQ

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Re: Music in minority languages

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-11-21, 23:28

This is one more song in a Gallo-Italic variety with the title (in Italian) "La Mazurca della vita." The video description claims that the words are by Totò Camuti, who is apparently from San Piero Patti, a municipality (and village?) in the Metropolitan City of Messina, east of Palermo and southwest of Messina. The singer is apparently the same person who uploaded the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFK-oOaMxOY


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