We know the PMBs only of fame when we start discussing the evening concert which will close on Saturday 12 June. In a list of names that we begin to evaluate for the concert, they are always there.
Other names pass by Albanian bands that could end the day, but they are always there. The skeptics look at us badly: But how, do you want to bring a band that sings in a language that is not Albanian and is not even Italian? No one will understand anything of what they are singing. Not the Albanians, a little for difficulty and a little for the high volume, not the Italians because of the language.And the objection is valid, other than. And yet, there is something in this choice that makes it obvious that as much as we talk about it, it is already decided that they will get on that stage.
Because they manage to combine the rock we love best with our music. Because as soon as we hear the PMB guys on the phone immediately show themselves available and enthusiastic. Because to end the day with dignity we still want to continue explaining something to our audience, something new. And it is these boys, still unknown to the Albanian public, at least, not in proportion to their skill. Because in the end we feel noble and honored if they arrive, because in some way having them on stage will end the circle that began centuries ago and gives us a taste of the mystery of the arbëresh and of the southern one. And above all, because the PMBs teach how it is possible to be citizens of this millennium without giving up their identity. Because as important as music is, in this case it is not everything. Decided. The PMB will play the 12 June in Modena, between modernity and tradition.
La band of the album RockArbëresh (2005) and of the excellent Kendo (2009) he starts packing while Modena starts to prepare the stage.
But if the choice of the band carries the contagion of cultures and messages, the place of the concert is no different. It is in fact the Crocetta Library where Modena Medina offers other bands. As some would say, in an area that is at least “uncomfortable”, one of those where it is better to accelerate the pace because it is full of foreigners. The bet is doubled because we do not choose one of the most appropriate places for the concert, but the parking of a library just out of the way where you really need to come as it is the first time a concert has been held.
But we are enthusiastic, and so are the managers of Modena Medina.
The PMBs arrive tired, they have been traveling all night. Time to take a stroll around the city and you have to be on stage for sound check while the parking lot begins to fill up. Al Alham Band opens, a group of Moroccan percussionists. The program involves Linda Rukaj but for a series of unfortunate events it was not possible to have her among us. Still in the 2010 to bring an Albanian artist to sing in Italy it is necessary to compile mountains of documents. And this time it is not the fault of the Italian embassy which indeed, strives to do everything possible to make it arrive. Unfortunately time is running out and confirmation comes on Friday 11 June: Linda will not be there. PMBs will have to work overtime to cover this shortcoming.
They take the stage just after the 21.00. even before attacking with the instruments the boys attack the flag in the keyboards. They begin and it is already clear that the evening is invariably marked. And PMB, besides being what they are - best expression of being oneself in these confused times - are above all good musicians. Angelo, Dhimitri, Antonio, Paolo, Sergio and Pino (violin) know their stuff.
Music manages to unite rock with the roots of Albanian culture, and there is no contrast because, instead of being excluded, as often happens, they complement each other. Angelo's voice and Pino's violin hover over the Modena sky and tell of a people, its traditions and its soul. Between a song and the other the most welcome explanation of Angelo on the arbëreshs. He speaks, and only says sensible things.
Explain who we are, explain why the choice to sing in this language explains everything we would like to hear more often. On an evening like this his words go straight to the heart and it seems impossible to think of laws that create illegal immigrants or misunderstandings among peoples. All these things have no jurisdiction here.
The boys sing for about three hundred people who observe them with bated breath, sometimes with religious silence and sometimes with mystical participation.
And then what we were waiting for happens. It happens that we create that alchemy for which we have worked so much. The first few rows fill up with guys sitting on the concrete to feel better.
And they sing, they all sing, sometimes without knowing the words because they don't always serve. Because, as their PMBs say in Këndo, " Sing because we need it, sing because all people have to listen to your voice, all the anger you have in your body, take it out, take it out and sing for this world, don't be afraid and don't be afraid, talk with your heart, and tell well your pain, never stop and don't forget, take a breath, close your eyes and sing! "The mp3 of the Rock Arberesh album can be freely downloaded from their website. The Peppa Marriti Band are: Angelo Conte (Bobo) / Voce & acoustic guitar; Demetrio Corino (Dhimitri) / Basso & voce; Antonio Castrovillari / Electric guitar; Paolo Imbrogno / Keyboards; Sergio Toscano / Battery; Pino Murano / Violin.
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