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Bella Maria
FRATELLI MANCUSO, Antonio Marangolo
Bella Maria
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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This is a challenging recording, both in its rough and ragged tone and in its mix of content. The bothers Lorenzo and Enzo Mancuso are from Sicily, but their music was sharpened by years as immigrants in England. Those yea...  more »

      
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All Artists: FRATELLI MANCUSO, Antonio Marangolo
Title: Bella Maria
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Amiata Records
Release Date: 5/5/1998
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Europe, Continental Europe
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 657711019823

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This is a challenging recording, both in its rough and ragged tone and in its mix of content. The bothers Lorenzo and Enzo Mancuso are from Sicily, but their music was sharpened by years as immigrants in England. Those years gave them exposure to many cultures from the Mediterranean, as well as a political viewpoint that subtly colors some of what you will hear on this recording. Using the devotional and folk music of Sicily as a starting point, the Mancusos and fellow traveler Antonio Marangolo merge their harsh vocal style with woodwinds, brass, strings, sax, accordion, and percussion in a soundscape as arid and yet as beautiful as the island. This is almost entirely mournful music, leaning heavily on religious themes in this strange and sometimes bittersweet tribute to the power of the Virgin Mary. This is a deep, richly layered recording that requires effort and rewards you for it. --Louis Gibson
 

CD Reviews

The best album I heard in years!
holly moors | haren gn, gn Netherlands | 04/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album sounds like traditional Sicilian music with a twist. It's the best album I heard in years and I have played it every night for the last three months and will go on playing it! It sounds a bit traditional, with that peculiar harmony singing that is strange to our western ears. The wailing saxophones of Antonio Marangolo makes it all the more music on a razor's edge. Traditional yet very modern, very tense, very melancholic and beautiful. I still go "wow" every time I hear these two singing together. I wanted to have ALL their albums, but they seem to have made just this one. It's a real masterpiece, but not, like most masterpieces, boring. Buy it! You certainly won't regret it!"