Puglia: The Salento

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Rounder Records
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Recorded in 1954 by Alan Lomax
Notes by Luisa Del Giudice and Sandra Tarantino

Instrumental and vocal polyphony from the Salento, one of the most beautiful regions of Puglia — the southeasternmost tip of Italy’s heel, a crossroads between East and West, and the home of a unique heritage of traditional music. Songs of love and disdain, erotic and satiric songs, work songs and funeral laments performed in Salentine dialect and in Griko.