I heard from the 1969 the transmissions of Radio Tirana in national language (even if at the time I understood very little and I was looking for the "translations" by hearing Parla Tirana in Italian) but more than anything I was listening to music, both partisan and popular: of the various local "San Remos", launched in Albania, I believe by Seventies onwards, I didn't care much.I already had enough of the pathetic, honeyed and commercial San Remo Italians, who were and remained such!
The music and the partisan songs were very beautiful - and here let us detach ourselves from ideology, for a person who listens to music and hears voices without even understanding the meaning of those words, what matters is the melody and not politics.
But what I was listening to was the popular music, both played and sung. I will never forget the multi-voiced ones, with the initial "solo" then followed by the choir. Stuff that if I think about it after so many years I get goose bumps. Maybe you could have DVDs or CDs with songs from the area of Gjirokastër or other regions of Albania. A unique music in the world, inimitable. Another of his great peculiarities was to unite current events with reasons of ancient tradition. I am Italian. Think about it: if you were to listen to ancient regional music with lyrics that relate to today's life, YOU WOULD LIKE TO DIE FROM LAUGHING !!! TRUST ME !!!
Instead to those unknown Albanian authors, he succeeded and very well. In Italy the only ones who can boast an ancient cultural heritage with the presence of contemporary motifs are the Sardinians. The extraordinary "Sa brigata Sassaresa" - on the Sardinian soldiers during the First World War - by Peppino Marotto accompanied by the Chorus of Orgosolo, which, among other things, ends quoting Antonio Gramsci, the well-known Italian ideologist and politician of Albanian origin. A musical masterpiece!
Some time ago an Albanian friend of mine who lives in Greece wrote to ask him for a gift. When I asked him to send me DVDs or CDs containing popular music, he didn't find them and he sent me some Albanian pop music. I do not tell you the disappointment: it seemed to be in San Remo.
It's right Mateo Çili when in a long time article he wrote: «The originality that has always characterized our people has clashed with ruthless capitalism. And I regret that a simple question has never jumped into anyone's heart. Are we really more free now? ".