“The cart is like a poem”, René Bazin wrote. It is also the mirror reflecting Sicily’s deep soul. The economic activity of carters has long been extinct, their decorative, poetic and vocal traditions remain and live on. Around a table, five men born into families of carters, aged from twenty-one to seventy-two, sing in their magnificent voices the distichs’ eleven foot verses and utter the abbaniate, the merchants’ cries. A different image of Sicily.
I CANTORI DI BAGHERIA Giuseppe Testa, Giovanni Di Salvo, Eugenio Donato, Melchiorre Di Salvo & Gino Provenzano