It will be entitled “Populara Kantoj” the new album by Massimo Ferrante, songwriter of Calabrian origin but based in Naples. The project is ambitious and interested, because it will contain a selection of popular tunes of southern Italy. Ferrante has launched on the crowdfunding platform Musicraiser, asking “taxpayers” to aid in the choice of continuing to produce music that pleases him and his band, and not the one the others like, that is the industry. And just as the industry is behind this talented artist – that, before embarking on a solo career, has worked for years with Daniele Sepe – will be just the “supporters”, ie those who share with him the importance of a free choice, as well as a taste for free music, passionate and direct, having to take the first step: buy in advance the album through the various solutions that have been designed and presented on the website of the platform. Ferrante says in the video message which introduces the financing campaign of its new project, the disc promises to be interesting as well as challenging, because it can be considered a real insight into a vast musical repertoire although much studied and revived. It will contain songs by some of the characters and the most important scenario of popular music of southern Italy. Among them is Matteo Salvatore, who “represent” the Puglia, but also Nonò Solomone, Rosa Balestreri and some songs taken from recordings of Alan Lomax (in Sicily) and Goffredo Plastino (in Calabria). Otello Preface selected a song about the occupation of the land in Calabria in 1949, which had been inserted in the play “Women and South” by Myriam Lattanzio with the company, all female, the “Theatre of Silk”. Musical expressions of Campania will be represented by “a beautiful serenade from Caserta” and the “Committee of Wives of Fiat workers in Pomigliano, who wrote a beautiful text (“I do not work … in Fiat”) on the tragic situation of workers confined in Nola, borrowing music from a famous French song”. In short, from the title in esperanto, the album promises to be full of surprises and certainly articulated and deep, both musically and content text. Massimo Ferrante – which boasts an important musical career both in Italy and abroad, as well as an extensive discography, which can be found on its website – is a fine musician and with very clear ideas. I like to remember that some years ago he joined the Workers’ Group E Zezi of Pomigliano d’Arco, one of the most significant players in the panorama of traditional and politics music of our country.
All information on the project can be found here.
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