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Songs of Sicily & Aeolian Islands

The Essentials

A poet, composer, journalist, writer and film director, Benito Merlino was born in Filicudi, a small Sicilian island in the province of Messina, whose ethnological memory, myths, legends and musical tradition he has endeavoured to perpetuate. With a voice like sulphur, he sings stories about the Aeolian Islands, tuna and swordfish fishermen, corals, the Barbarossa pirates, the mafia, emigration, the poor and the mighty, beggars and emperors, all united in the weft of Fate, as well as the schedule of departures and returns or the wrath of volcanoes…