“Tarantella della Xylella” / Nuovo singolo di Rankin Lele e Papa Leu per denunciare la “pandemia verde” avvenuta in Salento

“Tarantella della Xylella” è il nuovo brano del conosciutissimo duo salentino Rankin Lele e Papa Leu, nonché membri e fondatori di Adriatic Sound, per denunciare il disastro naturale avvenuto in Salento negli ultimi anni. La bellissima porzione di Regione Puglia ha infatti subito un massiccio disboscamento degli antichi alberi di ulivo, che si estendevano numerosi e fittissimi sull’intero territorio, a causa di un fantomatico batterio killer denominato “Xylella”.

Il singolo è un grido di liberazione, un inno di consapevolezza e rinascita, rappresenta la sublimazione del dolore per la perdita forzata delle radici più profonde.

Ovviamente dedicata al Salento, in questa canzone i Nostri riportano l’attenzione su una piaga che ha colpito tutta la popolazione locale. Il c.d. “contagio dimenticato” o “pandemia verde” ha stravolto l’identità paesaggistica, ma anche l’esistenza di tante persone, eredi di una cultura e di una economia secolare che in maniera silente e dolorosa sta gradualmente scomparendo da questa area geografica.

I cantanti di Adriatic Sound hanno collaborato in questo brano con Uccio Aloisi Gruppu, per dar vita ad un nuovo esperimento sonoro che scava più a fondo nel solco della tradizione.

Uccio Aloisi Gruppu è una storica band salentina che interpreta musica popolare ed è stato il giusto quid da abbinare allo stile più dancehall/raggamuffin di Rankin Lele e Papa Leu. A rendere tutto ancora più magico hanno contribuito il mandolino del maestro Antonio Calsolaro, l’organetto del maestro Max Pero ed il tamburello di Paquale Pizzolante.

Il risultato è stato decisamente anti-convenzionale, ma dirompente. L’atmosfera della tune è frizzante e gioiosa, rimandando allo stesso spirito con cui un tempo si esorcizzava la paura per un destino amaro. All’epoca si cantava magari per lenire la durezza di un padrone impietoso, denotando che, ora come allora, la musica alleggerisce il cuore, ma è anche lo strumento più efficace per denunciare abusi ed ingiustizie. Il videoclip, non a caso, è stato girato in un uliveto, colpito dalla malattia e ormai privo di vita, in cui danzatrici di pizzica si dimenano a ritmo di questa melodia al fine di descrivere la passione struggente della gente salentina nei confronti della propria Terra.

“Tarantella della Xylella” è il primo singolo estratto dal nuovo album del duo salentino, registrato e mixato a Trepuzzi (Lecce). Tra i musicisti prestigiosi che hanno partecipato pienamente a questo progetto bisogna menzionare il Maestro Garofalo alle tastiere e Fossa Drummer alle batterie, entrambi componenti della band ufficiale dei Sud Sound System.

Eugenia Conti

OUT NOW / “Beat of resistance” by Italian Freedom Fighters to oppose the Turkish dictatorship

BEAT OF RESISTANCE is the brand new single of ITALIAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS, a team of 19 artists from all over the Italian peninsula. 14 singers: TREBLE LU PROFESSORE, JULIA LENTI, TONY (Cattivo Sangue), GIULIO FERRANTE (Radici nel Cemento), LIZARD (Shock Very Noise), ROCKY GANJAVOX, CHALA DZ CHAM LOWE ,SPEAKER TEX ,NUR-GUL, SAM D, FILOMENA DE LEO (Medinabox) ,FIDO GUIDO ,TINA MINERVA (La Rocha) & RIFLE. Plus five musicians: RAINA (Villa Ada Posse), ADRIANO BONO (Reggae Circus), POPPY CIRCUITELEMENT (Shock very noise), LUIGI MIACOLA (The navigator), COSIMO MIACOLA (Young T Bone). Released on May 18th, the song is composed with the aim of giving solidarity to Yorum Group, a Turkish band, victim of the repression of the fascist Erdogan. It was created with the main intention of denouncing this form of strong repression, which caused the death of two of its members, following a deadly hunger strike. You will listen to verses full of love, solidarity and especially RESISTANCE. Listen and spread the message.

More infos on https://www.reggae.it/yorum 

Valentina Rubino 

Eugenia Conti

BRAND NEW 2020 / “Mama Africa”- Playing for Change ft. Andrew Tosh

“This song was originally written and performed by the late, great Peter Tosh and speaks about the beauty and strength of Africa. We united Peter’s son, Andrew Tosh, with Donald Kinsey and Fully Fullwood who performed with Peter many years ago and added musicians all over the world from Africa to Jamaica to the USA. Turn it up and feel how the heartbeat of Africa resonates through this uplifting song.”-said Playing for Change Management about one of their latest releases.

Released three weeks ago, “Mama Africa” is a unique tribute to the Motherland with the contribution of Andrew Tosh. Join the movement to find out a lot of other unique songs around the World featuring international and street musicians, recording artists such as Stephen Marley, Manu Chao, Bunny Wailers, Bono Vox and many more, but especially follow the humanitarian projects of Playing for Change foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world, creating hope and inspiration for the future of the planet.

No matter who you are or where you come from, we are all united through music is the shared vision between PFC co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke. In 2002 they decided to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people. This musical journey resulted in the award-winning documentary, “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians.”

In 2005, Mark Johnson was walking in Santa Monica, California, when he heard the voice of Roger Ridley singing “Stand By Me.” Roger had so much soul and conviction in his voice, and Mark approached him about performing “Stand By Me” as a Song Around the World. Roger agreed, and when Mark returned with recording equipment and cameras he asked Roger, “With a voice like yours, why are you singing on the streets?” Roger replied, “Man I’m in the Joy business, I come out to be with the people.” Ever since that day the Playing For Change crew has traveled the world recording and filming musicians, creating Songs Around the World, and building a global family.

(Playing for Change press release)


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Interview with Courtney ‘Bam’ Diedrick – Grammy Drummer touring the World with Damian Marley

(Cover Photo credit: @radiantsun9)

Courtney Diedrick, also known as “Bamdrumz”, is the official drummer for Damian Marley. We meet him in O2 Academy Leeds (Uk) during Stony Hill European Tour 2018. Straight from Jamaica, and exactly from Brown’s Town (Saint Ann), “Bam” informs us about the legendary drummers who inspired him during his journey: Carlton Barrett from Bob Marley & The Wailers, Sly from Sly and Robbie, Squidly Cole from Stephen Marley, Deleon White also known as Jubba from Dubtonic Kru and many more. He feels good to inspire the new generations today, especially in his community, because he believes this is the meaning of playing music.

Secondly, he underlines the attachment with his family and to the brothers John, Rayon and Sean. All his siblings are musicians and they helped in molding his career prior to furthering his studies at Edna Manley College of Music in Kingston. His older brother John met Damian in Montego Bay and later introduced Sean aka “Young Pow” for the audition as keyboardplayer, who surprisingly saw that drummers were also being auditioned, so he passed on the news to “Bam”. His history began much earlier when he started playing in church at age of 16, later on in Hotels, teaching music in high school and now touring the world with “Jr Gong”. He still remembers his level of anxiety when he went to audition to play and he could see a long line of drummers from around the world waiting for their turn. Despite the insecurities of the moment, Courtney “did his thing” and reached the goal. He discussed the importance of never forgetting that positive vibration that musicians should feel when playing their instruments. He tries to treat every opportunity he gets to play with passion as if it was his first time playing the drums: “Playing with Damian is a great feeling that will never leave me because the moment you lose that feeling, you lose everything”. 

Then we talk about the most beautiful memories of his tours in the world: “We have a lot of highlights and many other stuffs that have happened on the road, but to visit the Mother Land Africa was a huge deal for me, it was always my dream even before I started touring.”. “Bam” tells us how much his origins have influenced even his style of playing. Reggae is a music full of feelings that reminds us of the past, for example slavery: “You can feel emotions in reggae – he continued – and my playing has a lot to do with my roots and my culture”.

Courtney is the Grammy Drummer of this year with “Stony Hill” Album. Nicely, he gives thanks to all the fans for it sharing with them his happiness about this result:“I rememeber all the nights that we spent in the studio with my crew without getting any sleep and now this great joy finally pays off”.

  (Photo Credit: @itseltonbrown)

He didn’t work only with Damian Marley but with several international artists as Mick Jagger, Nas, Kieth Richards, Eric Clapton, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Playing for Change P.F.C., I-Taweh, Jah Cure and many more. Playing for Change is a project between street musicians and mainstream ones from all over the World. This group is the perfect example to show people we are more alike than different and it doesn’t matter our culture or the color of our skin. Reggae music is a universal language.

One of Courtney’s future projects is to give more light to the jamaican drummers featuring them on a documentary. Another project is about his productions that are in a pause right now, but will be out soon.

Passion, talent, determination, attitude, gratitude and humbleness are just some of the features that makes Diedrick so popular and respected in the actual worldwide musical scene. We are waiting to hear his riddims and to appreciate him in the role of producer as well.

Eugenia Conti


Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band to perform at the National Stadium in Kingston

Kingston, JA: Singer Richie Stephens and his 17-member Ska Nation Band will headline this year’s Grand Gala, the premier entertainment event for the celebration of Jamaica’s 56th Independence at the National Stadium in Kingston on August 6, 2018.

The entertainment event will be attended by a number of Jamaican dignitaries, including Governor General Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange; Speaker of the House Pearnel Charles; Chief Justice Zaila McCalla; Jamaica Defence Force, Chief of Staff Major General Rocky Meade; Police Commissioner George Quallo; and Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams.

“To be invited to perform at Grand Gala for the people of Jamaica ranks as one of our biggest and most important assignments since the group was formed two years ago” Stephens disclosed.

The ‘Life Your Life” singer, who has travelled the world and performed as a brand Ambassador for the Jamaica Tourist Board, (JTB) spoke about the significance of this assignment.

“Ska is big internationally, especially in places like Japan, parts of the USA and Italy but we don’t celebrate it in Jamaica anymore. This is an opportunity to educate the youths of Jamaica about Ska and let them know that this beautiful music originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady, reggae and dancehall music. In fact Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff, all started out playing ska as teenagers. Ska is the mother of reggae. Without Ska there would be no reggae” he explained.

Stephens said his passion for ska was developed as a youngster.

“My dad was the person who introduced me to Ska. He was one of the baddest ska dancers in town,” he confessed.

Ska Nation Band member Papa Leu, who is from Salento, Italy spoke about performing at Grand Gala.

“This assignment has historical and cultural significance” Leu confessed.

“We in Italy love Ska music. We are elated that the government of Jamaica has given us this platform to showcase music that was originally created in Jamaica. It is my dream that this performance set the stage for some sort of cultural exchange between Italy and Jamaica” Leu reasoned.

Rankin Lele of Ska Nation and Adriatic Sound in Italy spoke about the opportunity to perform in Jamaica again, having performed at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay last summer.

“Performing at Sumfest last year was a life changing experience. In everything we have done since we always represent Jamaica. We feel we are unofficial ambassadors of this beautiful county that gave us this great music Ska” he noted.

In 2016, Stephens & The Ska Nation Band released their debut studio album titled “Internationally.” “Root of the Music” – the title track and lead single from their second full-length album will be released in August. The lyrics bear testament to the many genres Jamaica has gifted the world, while the musical arrangement seamlessly blends these styles together.