Sud Sound System and the Revival of Salentine Language, Culture, and Identity

  • Susanna Scarparo
  • Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)


This chapter argues that the collective Sud Sound System, originating from the Apulian sub-region of Salento in the late 1980s and early 1990s, represents the most culturally significant example of the expansion of reggae and raggamuffin in Italy during that time. The chapter discusses Sud Sound System’s use of Apulian dialect and local cultural traditions, such as pizzica, to create a syncretic and intercultural “resistance vernacular” (to borrow Russell Potter’s term). This resistance vernacular led to something of a cultural-linguistic renaissance in Salento, which not only mirrored the activities of Massilia Sound System in France, but also echoed the way in which reggae had originally articulated a subaltern and Afrocentric cultural linguistic identity in Jamaica.


Salentina Reggae Petrache Connective Marginalities Folk Music 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanna Scarparo
    • 1
  • Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    • 2
  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of ArtsMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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