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Soniethio

Music and song often play a major role in shaping and representing cultural encounters. The project aims to investigate this fact in the context of the Second Italian-Ethiopian War. During the Italian occupation of Ethiopia, records were produced in the form of 78 r.p.m. shellacs, intended both for the institutional archive in Italy and for commercial distribution. In addition, an official monograph on Ethiopian music was published in Italian only a few months after Italy’s entry into the Second World War. The collections from sound archives and ethnographies from this period are used – both in Ethiopia and in Italy – and serve as a stimulus for participatory research. The question of the significance of these cultural productions in the development of processes of social and societal change, involving representations, performances, personal as well as collective, will be explored.

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