enzo avitabile e bottari

italy
31.05.18
avitabile

In 2004 Enzo Avitabile decides not to let the lexical/musical heritage of his land get lost. He then gets the idea to create a totally new musical project and starts the activity of the ensemble Bottari di Portico deciding to dedicate its loyalty to the ancestral rhythms. On the stage, barrels, vats, scythes and other unusual instruments, directed by the leader, mark the rhythm of ancient processional beats; a true trance – no techno, not “folk”. An innovative proposal where a personal sound melts into the traditions of these percussion players, whose ancestors date back to the 13th century. «It had become fundamental to “de-americanize” my musical language”, says Avitabile. And he surely did manage to do it. The album “Salvamm’ ‘o munno” was created thanks to this experience with the Bottari. The album got four nominations at the BBC World Music Award – two in 2004 and other two in 2005, in the categories “Best radio audience” and “Best European World-group”. It’s quite a special album that includes liturgical chants, “fronna” chants (typical kind of song from the region of Campania – Italy), with performances – among others – by Khaled, Manu Dibango, Zì Giannino del Sorbo, il Miserere di Sessa Aurunca, Luigi Lai, la Polifonica Alphonsiana and Baba Sissoko.

 

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