Canzoni Siciliane

Featuring Rosa Balistreri . Carlo Muratori . Sant’Antonio Canzoni . Lingua Siciliana . Ballittu Siciliano . Gli Unavantaluna . Taberna Mylaensis . Fratelli Mancuso . Fabbriciani, Pedini,Pagani . Vacca . Espinita . Etta Scollo . Pirati A Palermu . Alfio Antico . Grande Maestro

Alfredo e Letizia Anelli : The folksingers Alfredo and Letizia Anelli were born in Palermo, Sicily, where they found their talent of nurturing the art of pure traditional music.

Tarantella Scalza : The artist Alfio Antico derives from a peasant family in Sicily and did work as shepherd until the age of 18. In his youth the tambourine was his best friend. He did learn the tambourine as a child by his grandmother. He did even build his first own tambourine out of an old flour sifter and with leather tanned by himself

Wikipedia : Banda Ionica is an Italian folk group focused on the brass band traditions of Sicilia. The roots of the music played by the band can be traced to Holy Week and funeral marches. The banda tradition, updated by Banda Ionica and others, helped to bring the operatic and classical music to the rural poor.

Carlo Muratori. : Sergio Bonazinga, Professor of cultural anthropology – University of Palermo. says : “I consider very interesting the new work of Carlo Muratori. so a cultured musician, author of music and texts that have gave back a new dimension to the Sicilian contemporary songs, has been very courageous in measuring himself with a repertory considered of so a lower standard”.

Italian folk music : Rita Botto was born in Catena, city of the Etna. Self-taught and versatile singer, with astonishing voice capacities and impressed by the great folk artist Rosa Balistreri’s songs, she has always tried to promote, as her, the treasures of the Sicilian popular music.

TIPI : Etta Scollo: a petite Sicilian with a big voice. Her concerts are an intense experience: her singing incomparably energetic and full of that “famous Mediterranean charm”. But all this is just an expresion of something bigger – her inescapable aura.

Giuliana Fugazzotto : Today the cuntu is only history, something that practically disappeared some years ago, together with one of the last great cuntastorie, Fortunato Giordano, who came from Palermo

RootsWorld : I find it very difficult to describe Balistreri’s music in a detached manner. It seems highly inappropriate, as she is truly a ‘folk’ singer, rather than a vernacular one: her style has more in common with Joan Baez than a lady in the street. Her guitar was more than an accompaniment, it was also a way for her to describe what she was singing about, when her voice was busy recounting stories.

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