Tammurriata nera and accordions

“Tammurriata nera” is one of those songs I'm attracted to, because its sentiments are neither easy nor simple. It tells the story of a young Neapolitan woman and her black child, born to an afro-American soldier. James Senese, a Neapolitan of afro-American extraction, has it taped as racist. It probably is, but in the sense of being written in a racist time and place. It's not unusual for words to take on meanings quite alien to their original authors. I've no idea how this selection missed out the version released by Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare. The featured genre is what I call 'Musette', for want of another way to distinguish the French style of small accordion from the meatier Scottish variety with which my father accompanied the first 50 years of my life.



Tammurriata nera


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