Neço Muko

Neço Muko was born on October 21, 1899 and died there in December 12, 1934. The part of the Name written as "Marrioti", "Marjoti" or "Himarjoti" is connected with his birthplace, the village Himarë, and means "Himarian".

After primary school he went to Greece to continue his education but had to come back in 1916 in the middle of World War I, when his home village was occupied by Italian troops. He learned violin and mandolin and composed for several vaudevilles beginning in 1923. In March 1924, Neço Muko vent to France for the first Time, "following the example of the costal youth of that time" to escape the hopeless situation in the country.

In 1926, he came back and founded a choral group named Pif-Paf in Saranda. In 1929, he went to Paris with part of the group to make recordings for Pathe of several kinds of songs (including multipart ones). Several albanian music students in France also took part in the recordings. Other recordings were made in a second trip in 1930. The recordings of Labe four-part songs realised in these two trips are, as far as it is known, the earliest ever. They increased Neço Mukos reputation in South Albania and helped establish the new "avaz himariot" ("Himarian (singing) Manner") or in the Himare dialect "avaz himariotçe".



Sources: European Voices: Multipart singing in the Balkans and the Mediterranean. I
(book page 223)
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