Ethiopia in 1930s Italian Popular Music

Ethiopia in 1930s Italian Popular Music

Between 1934 and 1936, more than a hundred musical pieces were published, recorded and broadcasted. The main subject of this vast repertoire was the Ethiopian lands and people, together with the Italian attempt to conquer them. Together these songs constitute a sonic memory of the Italian colonial endeavor in the 1930s. Although most of the compositions have been forgotten by historians and musicologists, they still need to be thoroughly analyzed in order to understand how such repertoire contributed to both the creation of racialized stereotypes in the Italian colonial discourse and the history of Italian popular music.

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E co’ la barba del Negus

Il canto della controsanzione

L’avventura di un soldato italiano con un’abissina

Voglio andare… dal Negus Neghesti