It is a kaleidoscope of sounds, styles, voices and stories that weaves the first collection of Cantautori Dauni, the artistic collective born last spring and which sees among its participants some of the most concrete authors and performers of Capitanata.
Between dialects and Italian, up to hosting the arbëreshë, the collection is a journey into the roots and over time, a bridge between past and present, on the wings of melodies and verses that sing personal and social events:
feelings, memories, gazes on an often scorching reality, full of wounds and unresolved conflicts, individual and typical of a south that has never been tamed and never liberated.
Opened by Chi cante e sone no more maje, single written and produced by Nazario Tartaglione, interpreted by Cantautori Dauni and released in summer 2022, the album continues with Enrica, the moon and the sea, by Matteo Marolla, friend and singer-songwriter prematurely who passed away last September, which leaves a deep void in the collective and in the artistic world of Capitanata.
Follows All’ultimo bench, by Ciro Iannacone, poignant composition by the singer-songwriter from San Marco in Lamis on the relationship between school, families and the frailty of children. And you were not foreseen, by Father Francesco Cicorella, is the fourth track of the album, a courageous excavation by the singer-songwriter from one of adoption in the feelings and in the human soul, between romanticism and spirituality. ‘U Candënerë, by the Sanseverese singer-songwriter Nicola Giuliani, opens strongly on the dialect, between colors and events with a popular flavor, without renouncing the charm of the songwriting as well as theatrical sounds and atmospheres. The sixth track, Voglia di go via, by the Sanpaolese singer-songwriter Matteo Longo, former column of the Cantori di Civitate, sings the desires and disillusions that have passed through provincial life since youth, leaving hopes and melancholy in the background. Alessandro Napolitano’s fatij de lu quatrer takes us back to the Mother Language and the hardness of life and work in the Apricena quarries, roots of an ancient and cursed work culture. Sud dolente, by Nazario Tartaglione, is the eighth track. Sung by the author together with Roberta Palumbo, a poignant interpreter of tradition and song of the author, the song is a journey into all the south and their bitter contradictions, in a parallel between southern Italy and the south of the world.
Antonio Francesco Parisi, also from Apricena, marks the ninth track with Il mio mare, a pop songwriting composition that confirms the talent and strength of the singer-songwriter, to reveal a lucid look on life, its challenges and wounds.
’43 is the title of the piece by Gianni Ruggiero, poet and songwriter from Foggia, interpreted by the vibrant voice of Ester Brescia, an appreciated interpreter from Foggia. Through the dialect the piece paints without discount the days of the war and the terrible bombings that hit the Daunian capital, leaving signs never healed in the memory and in the city.
Penultimate trace Core antica, by Nazario Tartaglione, touching painting in ancient style and in Sanseverese dialect, which portrays the historic city center and an antiquity symbols of the Capitanata and southern heat.
To close Mik Gjergj, by Salvatore Villani, songwriter and ethnomusicologist from Rignano Garganico who embellishes the collection by singing the arbëreshë in memory of his dear friend who died.
Present among the interpreters of Chi cante e sone no more maje, the singer-songwriter of Monte Sant’Angelo Federico Scarabino.
A unique collection, not to be missed, Cantautori Dauni Vol. 1, the result of the encounter and awareness that together you can take great steps and carry out increasingly choral and significant projects, until you become the voice and face of your own land.
The Cantautori Dauni Vol.1 collection is made in memory of Matteo Marolla.
Here is a preview of the collection