Various Artists / La Musica Della Mafia
Album: La Musica Della Mafia   Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Aug 2002
Label:Pias Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2002-09-02 Pull Date: 2002-11-04 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Nov 3 Oct 13 Oct 6 Sep 29 Sep 15
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 29, 2002: At the Cafe Bohemian
4. Sep 26, 2002: The Darling System
U Ballu Da Famigghja Muntulb
2. Oct 08, 2002: No Cover, No Minimum
5. Sep 24, 2002: At the Cafe Bohemian
3. Oct 01, 2002: No Cover, No Minimum
'ndrangheta, Camurra E Mafia
6. Sep 10, 2002: At the Cafe Bohemian

Album Review
Reviewed 2002-08-28
Fascinating CD. Italian folks songs in the Mafia tradition. This CD (banned in Italy) features songs usually only played during initiation ceremonies or to celebrate the release from prison of a member of the Calabrian Mafia. The songs sound like typical Italian folk songs, until you read the lyrics. (“First, traitor, I’ll slash your face and watch you die.” “While the sawn-off shotgun sings, the traitor screams and dies.”) It’s retribution, vengeance, etc set to music that at times sounds very similar to the Mexican folk tradition. It’s hard to separate the words from the songs themselves in terms of suggesting what to play. Since I don’t speak Italian, I’m just going on how they sound.

*1 & 2. Spoken word intro to mid-tempo guitar/vox/accordion.
3. Mid-tempo strings/vox.
4. High male vocals, almost bouncy guitar.
5 & 6. Spoken word intro to accordion/vox/strings mid-tempo.
*7. Fast folk dance w/spoken word story. Cool.
8 & 9. Spoken word intro to fast instrumental dance.
*10. Nice strings/vocals.Mid-tempo.
*11 &12. Spoken word intro happy-sounding song of vengeance.
13. Slower w/emotional male vox/guitar.
14. Slow w/strings and melancholy vocals.
15. Downtempo & melodic w/accordion/strings/vox.
*16. Cool old-sounding tarentella w/wailing vox.
17. Soaring vox/strings/slow.
18. Slow & melodic string/vox/accordion.
*19 & 20. A toast is made then a bouncy little folk tale.
*21 & 22. Spoken word intro to some nice strings & sweet vox.
23. Folk strings, spoken word, nostalgic vocals.
24. Slow and tragic.

Decca 8/2002

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Unknown Parlato
2. El Domingo 'ndrangheta, Camurra E Mafia
3. Cimbalo, F. Sangu Chiama Sangu
4. Caruso, Franco U Lupu D'asprumunti
5. Unknown Parlato
6. Macheda, Salvatore I Cunfirenti
7. Plutino, Caserta U Ballu Da Famigghja Muntulb
8. Unknown Parlato
9. Siclari, D. Non Su' Lupu
10. Caruso, Franco U Commissariu
11. Unknown Parlato
12. El Domingo Omerta
13. Cimbalo, F. Cu Sgarra Paga
14. El Domingo Appartegnu All'onorata
15. Latella, Tobia Canto All'aspromonte
16. Scotti, Fred Tarantella Guappa
17. El Domingo Ergastulanu
18. El Domingo I Cacciaturi I Muntaltu
19. Unknown Parlato
20. Macheda, Salvatore A'mbasciata
21. Unknown Parlato
22. Natino Mafia Leggi D'onuri
23. Barbaro, Diego Addiu 'ndrangheta
24. Scotti, Fred Canto Di Carcerato