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One of the brightest memory I have of my childhood is that period which covers from my seven to eleven years of age, actually the "quinquennium" of elementary school, when I lived with my paternal grandparents: Beautiful memories. My grandfather had a marvellous gig (in dialect: SCIARABBALLU), which was dragged by a wonderful mare, and my grandpa handled her better than he treated his wife.
On Sunday morning, and sometimes when I didn’t want to go to the school, I used to go with my grandpa to the countryside. We took some routes which I’d never forget, both for the uncontaminated beauty of the places and for the scents and fragrances that were typical of the time of the year (for instance, during the olive-picking yuo could smell in the village the scent of the fresh olive-oil, and during the vintage time there was the must fragrance everywere).
All the way long, my grandfather used to tell me a lot of real life tales, and I listened to him being all ears! Those tales told about love affairs ( often of unfaithful married people ) or about bandits who took to the bush.
The folk nature of these tales often comes to my mind,giving me a beautiful sensation of freedom and peace: here is the idea of collecting popular local song. I discovered a local cultural patrimony which was very rich of bucolic and rustic ferments. The biggest part of that material has been forgotten: works done by men and women in the fields were replaced with machines and most people, nowadays, don’t live only on field growing anymore! That’s why folk song handed down from parents to children, are almost completely lost.
“Rondonella” is one of these songs and to my mind it’s themost significant.
She was a woman who lived at the beginning of this century, and she had no inhibitions. Everyone fell in love with her; they were attracted and bewitched by her sunny desposition and perhaps not only by that. They say, when she was in love, she gave herself body and soul to her lover. There is a veil of mystery on the caracter of this woman, which consecraters her to a kind of a local heroine. Popular imagination amplifies her features and events.
So she was a free woman and her freedom contrasted with the society and the habits of those years. We can imagine she had many problems trying to reach her self-determination.
On the over hand, the problem of self determination is still alive in a lot of people, who also feel the consciousness that the word “freedom” gives to everybody.
Enjoy the music

The band is composed by:

  • Drums, percussions, corugophone, voice, poems: Enzo Lanzo
  • Accordeon: Antonello Salis
  • Piano and noises: Gianni Lenoci
  • Bass: Nico Catacchio, Pasquale Gadaleta
  • Sax and recite a poems: Vittorino Curci
  • Trumpet: Pino Minafra
  • Sax ten. e sop.: Felice Mezzina
  • Violin: Leo Gadaleta

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