CLASSICA ORCHESTRA AFROBEAT

Chamber ensemble directed by Marco Zanotti

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we're working on CIRCLES, our fourth album

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SHRINE ON YOU

Fela Kuti goes classical

2011

A tribute to Nigerian musical genius and pan-africanist rebel Fela Kuti, recorded with his son and heir SEUN KUTI.

It made a full of rave reviews both in Italy and abroad, including participation in 2013 live at the Glastonbury Festival-UK (frst Italian band ever invited) and in 2014 in Perugia as a flagship event of the Radio3 Festival. 

Other performances include Piazza del Duomo in Milan, the Baths of Caracalla in Rome with guest Seun Kuti and the New Empowering Church in London.

REGARD SUR LE PASSE

the hymn of the last African Emperor

2014

Lead singer: SEKOUBA BAMBINO

Narrator: BABA SISSOKO

Musical Epic in three movements.

Written by Bembeya Jazz Nationa (Guinee Conakry, 1969) from traditional mandingue theme "Keme Bourama"

Arrangements: Marco Zanotti, Valeria Montanari

Recorded live at the Alighieri Opera House in Ravenna (IT) and presented in 2014 at Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica. It’s a musical suite that, through the ancient sounds both European and African, recounts the exploits of the last emperor of Africa, Samory Toure. 

POLYPHONIE

The secular breath of a virgin forest

2017

Lead singer: NJAMY SITSON 

 

POLYPHONIE is a concept-album and concert dedicated to the greatness of nature, inspired by the breath and the millenary chants of the virgin forest.

With its mix of African and ancient European instruments, the 14-pieces ensemble performs stories that express the power of rite and chorality.  The repertoire is exclusively of original compositions

Live acts include a concert in the Casentinese Forest, Teatro Verdi in Sassari, Botanical Garden of Padua, Auditorium Manzoni in Bologna.

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