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German folk music tradition was 'lost'

A revival is taking place of a form of German folk music which was shunned for decades after being made prolifically by the Nazis.

The revival has been said to reflect a new sense of confidence among Germans today.

BBC's Berlin correspondent Steve Evans went to meet some of those who are reviving the music, including Bobo, a German singer, who explained on the Today programme:

"Germans lost the connection to their tradition after the war. A lot of people were just ashamed of being German."

"Then all this English and American music came. This was fresh and new and more interesting and so the old folk songs were just forgotten."

"20 years after the wall came down, people have more confidence in their roots."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Saturday 9 March 2013.

  • 09 Mar 2013
  • From the section Europe