Bennato's taranta: all light and no heat?
In 1969 Eugenio Bennato founded the Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (New Company of Popular Song), devoted to reviving the ethnic music of southern Italy. In 1998 he founded the "Taranta Power" movement which helped spearhead a renewed interest in the traditional rhythms of the tarantella. It is said that the original tarantella craze started in the Middle Ages as a way to get around religious proscriptions against dancing. Farm women would claim to have been bitten by a tarantula, and the only known "cure" was to whirl around in a circle in order to neutralize the spider venom, while musicians played frenetically. It was considered unlucky to dance the tarantella alone, so of course a male partner would dutifully oblige. Of course, it's only a rumor.
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