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CD with 36 pages booklet - Release Date: 2004 - Popular Music - Apulia - Salento
1. Ieri Sira 2:15
2. Fermate 4:25
3. Mazzate Pesanti 3:50
4. Carcire Ca Me Tiniti Carciratu 4:31
5. Scusati Signori
6. E Dimmi Dimmi 3:39
7. O Pillo Pillo Pì 6:48
8. Pizzica Per Adriano Sofri 7:12
9. Li Mestieri 2:56
10. La Tabaccara 3:50
11. Quandu Camini Tie 2:20
12. A Tricase Nu Se Canta Chiui 2:37
13. Nu Te La Pijare 3:28
14. Sta Strata 3:56
t's been quite some time since I first crossed paths with Aramirè and Roberto Raheli, the man responsible for the band and the record company/publishing house of the same name. Raheli is really passionate about his native Salento and his company has put out a number of amazing historic recordings that are a must for anyone interested in "the most beautiful music in the world" coming from the "most beautiful place in the world." He has also created two recordings with Aramirè, the band. They were interesting, but something was missing. It could have been inspiration, flame or technical prowess. I couldn't really make it out, so I turned to his historical recordings but when I wanted to deal with contemporary music, I looked to other places
On listening to Mazzate Pesanti I now realize what was missing from the earlier recordings. It was rage: pure, unadulterated, enormous rage and now that this is in place, Raheli and his friends have produced an amazing record, which is already high on my list of top recordings from the region. Raheli is angry. He is angry about the environmental destruction of his beloved land through illegal dump sites, illegal construction, megastructural hotel complexes, heavy industry, road construction. He is also angry about the sellout of the region and its traditions: the ersatz ethnic or traditional bands, the politicians with the God-knows-what links and their grandiose plans. He is angry about the "expert," "caring," "rent-an-opinion" singers from abroad or the north who know everything about the musical tradition of the region and more so about how to market it to a wider public. About the neo-traditional postcard view of Salento where gay rustic farmers relaxed in the summer evening over pasta and black bread and played the pizzica all year long. He is angry about the local social reality and the bosses behind it. He is angry about the lazyheads who have it better than the hard-working folk. He is angry about the stupidity that is the television reality of the 21st Century. He is angry about the introduction of the Euro. He is angry about the secession moves of the North. He is angry with his fellow Salentines who are after a quick buck. He is angry about a world where people still have to emmigrate for a better future. He is angry with Silvio Berlusconi. He is angry with the Opposition Left who are unable to make a convincing stand against him. He is angry about the continuing incarceration of Adriano Sofri, a leader of a left-wing extraparliamentarian group accused of killing a Police Commissioner. He is angry about the stories of the old struggles no longer told. It's a list almost as long and certainly as passionate as Ed Norton's in the 25th Hour. And it is recited throughout this new recording.
But it would be unfair to make a caricature out of Aramirè, as almost every second song is an amazing, incredible love song either traditional or of his own scripting which will send goosebumps down your spine and make you want to memorize it and sing it to your loved one. You'll be able to read all those in detail in the excellent 32-page booklet that accompanies and in many ways defines the record. It's a vital part of this release, far more than a simple accompanying text.
It's this balance between the traditional and the modern, the erotic and the political, the polemical and the inspirational that raises this record to the heights it achieves. It is also Stefania Morciano on vocals, and a tight group who play with the correct balance between the drone-like quality that characterizes the best of the Salento musical tradition with the derisive spirit of the Salentinians and a sense of tradition that is both fun and therapeutic, danceable and contemplative. It's everything those ersatz ethnic bands are not and so Roberto Raheli and his friends support their words with actions, providing a work that shows a path forward for the region and its musical tradition. It is a record that respects but also messes with the tradition, updates it, informs it, learns from it, doesn't treat it as canonical texts but as living tradition.
If you are already familiar with the Salentine tradition and love it as much as I do, this record is a must. If you are not, this is an interesting record to buy once you have bought something more canonical, to see the face of Salento that produces "the most beautiful music in the world" coming from the "most beautiful place in the world" and not its caricature of happy, impeccably-dressed and well-paid practitioners that those poor tourists will pay an arm and a leg to experience in the government-sponsored festivals taking place in a megastructural hotel, right across from an illegal dump site. - Nondas Kitsos
Roberto Raheli: Vocals, Harmonica, Violin
Raffaele Passiante: Backing Vocals, Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin
Roberto Corciulo: Accordion
Stefania Morciano: Tambourine, choir, Voice
Samuel Tommasi: Tambourine
Mauro Toma: Guitar
Aramirè The group was founded in 1996 immediately after the dissolution of the Canzoniere of Terra d'Otranto. Previous ensemble are three components: Roberto Raheli (vocals, guitar and flute, with Aramirè also charged harmonica and violin), Alexander Sunflowers (accordion and vocals) and Luigi Chiriatti (vocals and tambourine). The project looks to Aramirè Salento folk music in a wider than the rest of the movement that in the meantime you are creating, in fact alternates musical activities both republishing or publication of digital format of "original documents" result of "field recordings ", mainly taken from Luigi Chiriatti. The first disc published by Edizioni Aramirè is "Opillopillopì" where they are read back nine pieces of Salento, mostly taken from historical sources: "The cesarina" (also known as "The prisons de Lecce) is taken from the first record of the Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino from title "Songs of the Salento Greece and Otranto" (Fonit Cetra, 1977); "Diaviche" is a ditty in grico starring Luigi Chiriatti among others engraved in "original recording" by Giovanna Marini; "Pizzicarella" and "Nazzu nazzu" come directly from the two LPs recorded by Brizio Montinaro for Albatros entitled "Music and popular songs of Salento." from the archive of Chiriatti staff also they are also the "Pinch of Ucci" performed on the group's ways elderly of Cutrofiano and "Aramirè" nursery rhyme which is named after the group. from the first cd is a respectful approach but still free to tradition, demonstrating what one can cite two examples: the sixth track on the album is a "Pizzica with flute", change any copyright over the typical melodic turns "devilish" Luigi Stifani, music therapist of Nardo (LE) immortalized among others by Ernesto de Martino in his "the land of remorse" (the assayer 1961) . From the point of view of text you can quote the last verse of "Aramirè", where, in summarizing all the tools that they felt in the song, and more generally the ones used by Raheli group sings: "At fera de Andrè Mesciu m'aggiu cattatu lu lu violinu zizi violinu, firifiì Mo fischiettu .... "at Aramirè editions deserves credit for having published the most important original material with regard to low-Salento area: of their catalog should at least mention" Bona evening conquest home "(1999, dedicated to the Cutrofiano Ucci)," I believe the holy "(dedicated to Louis Stifani)," Song of love "(dedicated to grica tradition)," The salento Giovanna Marini "(dedicated to a part in a selection of recordings made by the Roman singer in the province of Lecce, the other to his reworkings of these songs in both disk and in concert) .l'attività real music group continues in 2001 with "South east", record that saw the co-production of the Tuscan Arroyo records and Venus national distribution. The CD contains, in addition to some classics, in some cases re-recorded after having been present in the track list "Opillopillopì" ( "Fimmene, fimmene" and "Mo Rusciu de lu mare") tracks less known Salentine repertoire as well as some new, first among all "Pinnaponna" tarantelluccia playful inspired the cries of street vendors. The album marks to the group a leap forward in the knowledge of its expressive possibilities and a further step towards the "third way" that the ensemble will pursue until its final dissolution. The re-proposal is not made "in Tracing", as you might think, but rather with extreme ease and sophistication: just hear a cappella tracks, all taken from the repertoire of Ucci. Remarkable is the "Pinch violin", the way of Louis Stifani, which allows to highlight one of the numerous collaborations (Da Cesare dell'Anna to Opa Cupa) that embellish the cd, that of Mario Salvi all'organetto.L ' last musical episode of the group in its own name he did in 2004 with the so-called "heavy blows", previously there is the version "updated" to "opillopillopì" recorded for the album "Twenty years and over ..." the circle Gianni Bosio in Rome, taken up by Vincenzo Santoro in the cD attached to its valuable and important book "the return of the tarantula. rebirth History of Salento folk music" published by imbalances in Rome in 2009. as for "heavy blows" is a disc where one experiences, with varying results, the coexistence of traditional songs with "new-old music of Salento", ie new compositions created on traditional canons. The prevailing theme of the new compositions is politics, but there is also room for sentimental songs of value as "Stop." The group over the years has played numerous concerts both in Italy and abroad, culminating with a performance at Carnegie Hall on 19 January 2007.
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