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Fedele Lyr Add: Bella Ciao (Italian folk song) (63* d) RE: ITALIAN FOLK SONG: Bella Ciao 19 Apr 00

1. It's nice to see that people care about Italian folk songs. About "sul cappello", everything was said in the latter messages is right. 2. Few things about Bella Ciao: what was said is right. The song has always been very very very popular; it had a renewed life in 1994: in 1993 the rock-folk band "Modena City Ramblers" from Modena recorded an Irish-folk-like version of this song beginning with the English music "The Lonesome Boatman" and including an Irish reel (don't remember the name by now), it became very popular and Bella Ciao was loudly sung in every demonstration against the right-wing Berlusconi government, including neo-fascist politicians, in 1994-1995. So it became a real leftist anthem, while before that time it was known as a mere anti-fascist song, the lyrics being poetic but not so politics. I remember Bella Ciao being sung by Modena City Ramblers, by me and by other 400,000 people at the annual free May 1st Concert in Rome in 1996, 10 days after the left-wing coalition had won the elections. 3. I'll start a thread with Bandiera Rossa (Avanti Popolo)

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