In the July/August issue of Afar, which hits newsstands later this month, writer Laura Fraser explores an oft-forgotten region of Italy called Salento. The story revolves around the Notte della Taranta, a summer festival that celebrates the mystical—and musical—traditions of the tarantella. In the piece, Laura delves into the Salentine version of tarantella, called pizzica. Here are a few clips of video recordings of pizzica—check out the festival, the powerful singing of Enza Pagliara, and this little how-to for learning the steps yourself.
Photo by Lorenzo Pesce.