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Ethiopia in 1930 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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Voglio andare… dal Negus Neghesti

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

No Music Found

Voce dall’Africa

The Experience of the Soldier

Dance (tango)

Vieni a Macallé

The Colonial Experience

Dance (one-step)

Verso l’impero italico

The Ethiopian Emperor / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

No Music Found

Va fuori d’Italia (o prodotto stranier)

International Sanctions

Canzone (Tenor)

Un posticino ar sole

The Colonial Experience

Dance (two-steps)

Topolino in Abissinia

Racist Stereotypes / The Experience of the Soldier

Theatrical Piece

Topolino Balilla

Racist Stereotypes

Theatrical Piece

Ti saluto… (vado in Abissinia)

The Experience of the Soldier

March

Ti porto in Italia

Black Female Body / Racist Stereotypes

March / Theatrical Piece

Ti porterò con me in Abissinia

The Colonial Experience

Dance (foxtrot)

Tarantella Imperiale

Un posto al sole

Tarantella

Sul mercato di Macallè

Exoticism / Racist Stereotypes

Theatrical Piece

Sul lago Tana

Exoticism / The Experience of the Soldier

Dance (tango)

Strofette africane

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Stornello (traditional form)

Stornelli neri

Racist Stereotypes / The Experience of the Soldier

Stornello (traditional form)

Stornelli al Sig. Tafari

The Ethiopian Emperor

Stornello (traditional form)

Stornelli al Negus Neghesti

International Sanctions / The Ethiopian Emperor

Canzone (Tenor) / Traditional Form

Stornelli africani

The Colonial Experience / The Ethiopian Emperor

Stornello (traditional form)

Stornellata tricolore

International Sanctions / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Stornello (traditional form)

Stornellata societaria

International Sanctions

Stornello (traditional form)

Stornellata coloniale

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Stornello (traditional form)

Stornellata abissina

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Stornello (traditional form)

Storielle nere

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Stornello (traditional form)

Storielle del Negus

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Stornello (traditional form)

Sotto le stelle del Tigrai

Exoticism / The Experience of the Soldier

Dance (one-step)

Soldati dell’impero

The Colonial Experience / The Experience of the Soldier

March / Theatrical Piece

Si va in Abissinia (same as “Adua Nostra”)

The Colonial Experience

Traditional Form (a cappella)

Si parte per l’A.O.

The Experience of the Soldier / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Theatrical Piece

Serenata a Sellassiè

The Ethiopian Emperor

Canzone napoletana

Serenata a Ginevra

The Experience of the Soldier

March

Sanzionami Questo

International Sanctions

Canzone (Tenor)

Rondinella, camicina nera

The Experience of the Soldier

March

Ritorno dall’Africa Orientale

Exoticism / The Experience of the Soldier

No Music Found

Ritorna il legionario

The Experience of the Soldier

March

Ras Tafar

The Ethiopian Emperor

No Music Found

Povero Negus

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Stornello (traditional form)

Oh sergentino

The Experience of the Soldier

March

Notti abissine

Exoticism

Canzone (Tenor)

Noi tireremo diritto

International Sanctions

March

Negus Neghesti

The Ethiopian Emperor / The Experience of the Soldier

No Music Found

Morettina

Black Female Body / The Experience of the Soldier

Dance (one-step)

Marcia del legionario (Roma rivendica l’Impero)

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Hymn

Madonnina d’Oltremare

The Experience of the Soldier

Canzone (Tenor)

Macallè

Exoticism / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Canzone (Tenor)

Letterine d’Africa

The Experience of the Soldier

Canzone (Tenor)

Lettera africana

The Experience of the Soldier

Theatrical Piece

Leggenda eroica

The Experience of the Soldier

March

Leggenda d’Africa

The Experience of the Soldier

Canzone (Tenor)

La canzone di Maria Uva

The Experience of the Soldier / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

La canzone di Addis Abeba

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

La canzone della vittoria

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Dance (foxtrot)

La canzone dell’Impero

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

La canzone dell’Africa

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

La canzone dei volontari

The Experience of the Soldier

Canzone (Tenor)

La canzone d’Africa (Crivel’s version)

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Dance (one-step)

La bella di Etiopia

No Lyrics

Dance (tango)

L’Italia non s’arresta

The Colonial Experience

Theatrical Piece

L’Italia ha vinto

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

L’Imperatore si confessa (Povero povero Selassiè)

The Ethiopian Emperor

Theatrical Piece

L’avventura di un soldato italiano con un’abissina

Black Female Body

No Music Found

Inno – Marcia per i legionari dell’Africa Orientale

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

Inno dell’Africa Orientale

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

Inno d’Africa

International Sanctions / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

Inno a Macallè

The Experience of the Soldier / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Dance (one-step)

In barba alle sanzioni

International Sanctions / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Theatrical Piece

In Africa si va

The Ethiopian Emperor / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

In Abissinia (alla barba del Negus)

Racist Stereotypes

Theatrical Piece

In Abissinia

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

Il pianto del Negus

The Ethiopian Emperor

No Music Found

Il canto della controsanzione

International Sanctions

No Music Found

Il canto dell’aviatore

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

Il bottone del legionario

Racist Stereotypes

Theatrical Piece

Gambette nere

Black Female Body / Racist Stereotypes

Dance (one-step)

Fiore imperiale

Black Female Body / The Experience of the Soldier / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

Fiore del Tigrai

Black Female Body

Dance (fox)

Faccetta Nera

Black Female Body

March

Faccetta Bianca

The Experience of the Soldier

March

Etiopia nostra

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

Etiopia

The Experience of the Soldier / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

Er Sor Capanna in Abissinia

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Stornello (traditional form)

E co’ la barba del Negus

The Ethiopian Emperor

No Music Found

È arrivato il Sig. Tafari

The Ethiopian Emperor

Theatrical Piece

Din Don Della

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Canzone (Tenor) / Traditional Form

Da Trastevere a Dessiè

The Colonial Experience

Traditional Form

Combatti e spera

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

Cioccolatino

Black Female Body / Racist Stereotypes

March

Ci rivedremo… ad Addis Abeba!

Exoticism / The Colonial Experience

Dance (one-step)

Chissà il Negus che cosa dirà!?

The Ethiopian Emperor

Dance (valzer)

Casetta abissina

The Colonial Experience

Canzone (Tenor)

Carovane del Tigrai

Exoticism / The Colonial Experience

Dance (one-step)

Canzone del fante est africano

The Experience of the Soldier

Canzone (Tenor)

Cara mamma (lettera di un soldato)

The Experience of the Soldier

Dance (tango)

Canto dei volontari per l’Africa Orientale

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Hymn

Canterà (Faccetta Nera)

Black Female Body

Canzone (Tenor) / March

Cantate di legionari

The Experience of the Soldier / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

C’era una volta il Negus

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Dance (valzer)

Bella abissina

Black Female Body / The Colonial Experience

March (a cappella)

Banane gialle

Black Female Body

Dance (rumba)

Arriva il Negus

Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Traditional form (mazurka)

Amba Alagi

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Suite

Africanina (pupetta mora)

Black Female Body / The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Dance (one-step)

Africanella

Black Female Body

Dance (one-step)

Africa nostra

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

Hymn

Adua nostra

The Colonial Experience

Traditional Form (a cappella)

Adua

The Italian Army in Ethiopia

March

Addis Adis Abeba

Exoticism / Racist Stereotypes / The Ethiopian Emperor

Theatrical Piece

Accompagnamento ad Amba Alagi

The Experience of the Soldier

Theatrical Piece

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