A video of the U.S. Army Europe and Africa Band & Chorus playing and singing the Zalongo Dance, has gone viral.
“Happy Independence Day, Greece! We are thrilled to highlight the strong diplomatic relationship between Greece and the United States,” the group posted on their social media channels.
The song refers to the mass suicide of women and their children during an invasion of Ottoman troops in 1803. The women from Epirus, now in Greece’s northwest, threw their children off a steep cliff and then jumped themselves rather than surrender to the Ottoman Army.
It was composed in local folk-style by a Greek writer, Spyros Peresiadis in 1903.