According to Wikipedia, “‘Bella ciao’ is an Italian folk song, and later an anti-fascist resistance song. It was used by the Italian partisans during the Italian Civil War between 1943 and 1945 in their struggle against the fascist Italian Social Republic and its Nazi German allies.” More recently, this song was covered by Steve Aoki and Marnik, which has predictably drawn the criticism of many native Italians.

The new dance music version of the track was deemed inappropriate and insulting by many on Twitter.

Marnik are Italian by nationality, which seemed to draw even more anger from their followers as it was believed they should have been more sensitive to the cultural history and importance of the song from the beginning.

In contrast, most of the responses on Facebook seem to be generally positive.

The song was premiered by Your EDM a week ago, but it wasn’t until later in the week that the flood of criticism started pouring in. (Note: Your EDM was not aware of the cultural significance of “Bella Ciao” until fans began responding on Twitter.) Marnik have now posted a statement via their personal Facebook pages. Perhaps most importantly, Marnik states that they did receive clearance to cover the song. They were inspired by the Spanish television series “Money Heist.”

“At the very basis of covering and making Bella ciao into a remake to us is just another way to celebrate the history of what Bella ciao represents,” wrote Alessandro of Marnik, “which is an inspiring history of fighting the fucked up oppression of fascism and nazi culture.”

It seems as though the track is no longer available on Spotify, but you can listen to a live recording here.

We are Italian and we absolutely respect the history of what Bella ciao represents and honor those who fought against…

Posted by Alessandro Marnik Martello on Sunday, June 17, 2018