Go Out, Go Out Maria

When we met Fratelli Mancuso in September, they gave us a mini-concert right on a “stradina” (a little street) in Sutera, their hometown. It was absolutely divine! They sang and played for us their song “Nesci Maria” (pictured here). Some of the lyrics in Sicilian, then English, to give you a glimpse, are as follows:…

Stealing from Old Men in the Village

Calling upon the traditional work songs and sacred music they heard growing up in the small town of Sutera in the province of Caltanissetta, Lorenzo and Enzo Mancuso create “new-traditional” Sicilian roots music. Known internationally as Fratelli Mancuso, the duo mixes elements from Gregorian chant, Christian liturgical laments, Arabic and Byzantine lyrical prayers, and the…

Renato Guttuso, “The Sulphur Miners”

This 1949 watercolor by Renato Guttuso (1912-1987) is an example of the Bagherese painter’s exploration of the daily life and struggles of Sicilians. “The Sulphur Miners” illustrates men working in the arduous industry that was a significant element of Sicily’s economy for centuries, especially in the areas around Caltanissetta and Girgenti.