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Lu Matrimoniu Tirituppi e T'appi, Calandra & Calandra

The two brothers "Calandra & Calandra" have produced a video entitled "Lu Matrimoniu Tirituppi e T'appi", directed by Baldo Messina, set in Sicily in the 1950s and shot in the beautiful scenery of the Caves of Custonaci (TP) and at the Baglio Abbate of Balestrate (PA).

Lu Matrimoniu Tirituppi e T'appi, Calandra & Calandra

The song tells ironically about a Sicilian marriage representing certain Sicilian stereotypes without attacking them, but coloring them with imagination so that all contradictions explode in laughter.

The "Tuppo" is a hairstyle, similar to the French "toupet". In the early years of the 20th century in the deep Italian south even hair styling was part of the non-verbal language that told about a woman's marital status. Loose hair indicated that the girl was not married, she could be courted, while the hair ordered and gathered in a toupee indicated a married woman and therefore not available.

Legend has it that a boy had been rejected by the family of his beloved and that she was married to another. After a few years she was widowed and was able to marry her beloved, who could exclaim the well-known Sicilian tongue twister:

"Senza tuppu un t'appi, cu lu tuppu t'appi, e comu t'appi t'appi" = Without a toupee I didn't have you, with a toupee I had you, however I had you, I had you.

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2:02
Tra 2 simani Ju mi maritu....
Un m'aju pruvatu
a ncora mancu lu vestitu
In 2 weeks
I'm getting married....
I haven't yet
tried my suit
2:10
Dopu 20 anni
di stari zitu...
Tra 2 simani forsi...
Ju mi maritu
After 20 years
of being engaged...
In 2 weeks maybe...
I'm getting married
2:24
Quasi cuntenti
foru l'amici e parenti...
qualcunu dissi
viri dopu ti nni penti
Almost happy
were friends and relatives...
someone said
see, later you'll regret it
2:30
menu felici fù lu Zzu Antoniu...
Dissi sugnu contrariu
a stu matrimoniu
Less happy
was Uncle Tony...
He said I'm against
this marriage
2:40
cunfetti boni e bouquè
quantu nna rota...
tra spinni e spanni
spennu assai sulu nnà vota
Good confetti and a bouquet
as large as a wheel...
in spending and wasting
I'll spend a lot only once
2:50
tra discussioni
murmuri e lamenti...
si presentaru
quasi tutti li parenti
Among discussions
murmurs and complaints ...
they came
almost all the relations
2:00
Patri Cottone misu a l'artari ..
nni rissi "Prestu è tardu
vati a maritari... "
Father Cottone
on the altar ..
said to us "Hurry, it's late
do you want to get married... "
3:05
Tra un Patri Nostru
e nn' Avi Maria
me cumpari chiù
l'aneddi un n 'avia
Between an "Our Father"
and an "Ave Maria"
my bestman no more
had the rings
3:15
Un n 'attrova chiù l'aneddi
lu parrinu s'arrabbia...
interrompi L'Omelia
e me soggira aggiannia
He can't find the rings
the priest gets angry...
stopped the homely
my motherinlaw turned white
3:21
la me zita mi talia
e la curpa duna a mia
e cu fa a fotografia
dici mi chi camurria..
My fiancee looks at me
and gives the fault to me
and who takes photos
says why, what a mess...
3:32
arrivau lu Saristanu
e l'aneddi
avia n'manu...
There came the sacristan
and the rings he had
in his hands...
3:38
Senza tuppu un t'appi
cu lu tuppu t'appi
Senza tuppu un t'appi
cu lu tuppu t'appi
comu t'appi t'appi
Without a toupee I didn't have you
With a toupee I had you
Without a toupee I didn't have you
With a toupee I had you
however I had you, I had you
3:48
Tirituppi e t'appi
cu tuppu e tacchi
tra tacchi e tuppu
Tirituppi e t'appi
comu t'appi t'appi
Tirituppi and I had you
with a toupee and heels
with heels and a toupee
Tirituppi and I had you
however I had you, I had you
3:57
lo cchiu sugghiato
fu lu Zzù Nittu
iddu mi rissi
Viri di filari dittu...!!!!
The most unhappy
was Uncle Ben
he said to me
Try to behave...!!!!
4:18
fora la chiesa
a la nisciuta...
lanciu di risu
e gran battitu di manu
Outside the church
at the exit...
throwing of rice
and great hand clapping
4:28
fotu di ritu
cu tutti quanti....
Strincìti un pocu
e tu mettiti d'avanti
Occasion photos
with everyone...
"Come a little closer
and you go in the front"
4:35
Chi firnicia
quantu pinseri
Ciuri, chiesa, orchestra, sala
e cammareri
How many worries
how many thoughts
Flowers, church, orchestra, hall
and waiters
4:45
Menu cuntenti
fu lu Zzu' Vitu
iddu mi rissi
t'avii a stari ancora zitu
Less happy
was Uncle Vito
he said to me
you should have stayed engaged
4:53
Lu cammareri
menzu stunatu
versà lu vinu
giustu supra a Don Tanino
The waiter
a bit goofy
poured the wine
right over Don Gaetano
5:02
tra n'arancina
e la cassata
chistu mi voli
rovinari la jurnata
Between e rice ball
and a cassata
this one wants
to ruin my day
5:08
la jurnata è rovinata...
Don Tanino s'arrabbia
dici "giustu giustu a mia"
The day is ruined...
Don Gaetano gets angry
says "right right to me?"
5:15
e me soggira aggiannia
me mugghieri mi talia
e la curpa duna a mia
my motherinlaw turns white My fiancee looks at me
and gives the fault to me
5:20
e cu fa a fotografia
dici mi chi camurria...
arrivau lu saristanu
e li bicchiera avia n'manu
and who takes photos
says why, what a mess...
there came the sacristan
and glasses he had in his hands
5:30
bacio bacio bacio
Abballa i Sposi ..!!!!
Kiss kiss kiss
Let the spouses dance!!!!
5:38
Senza tuppu un t'appi
cu lu tuppu t'appi
Senza tuppu un t'appi
cu lu tuppu t'appi
comu t'appi t'appi
Without a toupee I didn't have you
With a toupee I had you
Without a toupee I didn't have you
With a toupee I had you
however I had you, I had you
5:48
Tirituppi e t'appi
cu tuppu e tacchi
tra tacchi e tuppu
Tirituppi e t'appi
comu t'appi t'appi
Tirituppi and I had you
with a toupee and heels
with heels and a toupee
Tirituppi and I had you
however I had you, I had you
5:55
Senza tuppu un t'appi
cu lu tuppu t'appi
Senza tuppu un t'appi
cu lu tuppu t'appi
comu t'appi t'appi
Without a toupee I didn't have you
With a toupee I had you
Without a toupee I didn't have you
With a toupee I had you
however I had you, I had you
6:05
Tirituppi e t'appi
cu tuppu e tacchi
tra tacchi e tuppu
Tirituppi e t'appi
comu t'appi t'appi
Tirituppi and I had you
with a toupee and heels
with heels and a toupee
Tirituppi and I had you
however I had you, I had you
6:10
lu chiu deciso
fu Zzù Totò...
"ora tutti
a la casa va si no...!!!"
The most decided
was Uncle Totò...
"now everyone
go home...!!!"