Saturday, 15 August 2009

Svegliu d'Isula in Concert

Once of the great things about living in Corsica is the summer celebrations. Tonight there was a free concert on the Port de Plaisance by Svegliu d’Isula, a polyphonic group native to the Valinco.

The tradition of Corsican polyphonic singing had nearly become extinct until its revival (riaquistu) in the 1970s. Thirty years on, polyphony is now a central part of Corsican national identity. The songs often have their roots in tragedy of some kind and the hymn-like a cappella singing is extremely moving. Some popular modern groups include Svegliu d’Isula, Terra and of course I Muvrini.

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