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Thread #112280   Message #4005924
Posted By: Jack Campin
26-Aug-19 - 01:37 PM
Thread Name: Any Mudcatters in ITALY?
Subject: RE: Any Mudcatters in ITALY?
Some comments about music might be on topic. This is from the Arbëreshë people, an Albanian minority settled near Matera in 1468, as refugees from the Ottomans, where they have lived ever since with essentially zero conflict with their neighbours. The polyphonic style is like that of the Tosk of southern Albania and the Ipirots across the border in Greece.

Italy is a nation entirely composed of minorities (only 5% of the population spoke Italian at the time of reunification) and the variety of folk traditions that have been preserved there is extraordinary.