Singer-songwriter Johnoy Danao has presented fans of popular Netflix series Money Heist with the gift of music–his rendition of “Bella Ciao,” used as a theme song in the show, translated into Tagalog by the late Filipino poet Romulo “Mulong” Sandoval.
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On YouTube, Danao uploaded his cover of the translated song and a snippet thereof on Twitter. “Mabuhay ang hustisya. Mabuhay ang demokrasya. Mabuhay ang karapatang pantao (Long live justice. Long live democracy. Long live human rights),” he said.
“Bella Ciao” originated as an Italian protest folk song in the late 19th century by women who worked in the paddy fields who sang it to fight back against harsh working conditions. It then became an anthem of the anti-fascist resistance against the Nazi German forces. Now, it is sung as a hymn of freedom.
Listen to his version below:
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