Watch DJ Ashba perform Bella Ciao at the opening of the MMA Awards 2021

DJ Ashba
(Image credit: MEDIA VAULT/YouTube)

Ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba was tasked with kicking off the MMA 2021 Awards ceremony in Las Vegas on December 11, performing new single Bella Ciao for an audience of mixed martial arts fighters and associates.

The single is an update of an Italian folk classic, popularized by Netflix phenomenon Money Heist and reimagined by Ashba as a ‘guitar-dance music’ (GDM) tune. In the footage of the show, Ashba takes to the stage accompanied by a masked DJ and a troop of dancers while plucking the opening lines on an acoustic. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.