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Sonic explorers who recall a Mediterranean version of Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound gang, Almamegretta occupies a unusual zone of its. In its indigenous Italy, the quartet is normally a significant underground-alternative achievement celebrated for performing in Italian (in fact Neapolitan) dialect and presenting dub/mix lifestyle there. Basically unknown somewhere else, its order of creative audio science has resulted in collaborations with such dub underground stalwarts as Sherwood, Costs Laswell, Massive Strike, and Asian Dub Base. Almamegretta offers restlessly attempted melding its Mediterranean melodies with contemporary dancefloor grooves that expand beyond the Jamaican origins/ragga/dub basis. Almamegretta (an imprecise term that approximately means “migrant spirit”) was shaped in 1991 by Gennaro T (beats), Rais (vocals), and Gianni Mantice (drums/acoustic guitar/vocals). Paolo (keyboards) and Tanini (bass) became a member of the next yr as well as the group began playing reggae addresses in local pubs within the Campania area around Naples. The overwhelmingly positive response one night time to performing a music in dialect flipped performing in Italian right into a concern, partly like a reaction contrary to the dominance from the Anglo-American pop music globe. Almamegretta find the Neapolitan dialect as the group could adapt road slang easier than formal Italian. In 1992, the four-track EP Figli di Annibale (“Kids of Hannibal”) fascinated a cult pursuing because of its innovative audio and styles of militant anti-racism and sympathy for the victims. Animamigrante adopted in 1993 and “Fatalla” extended the group’s well-known foundation. D RaD became a member of during the saving and forced the music group towards a complete embrace of dub-rooted guerrilla audio strategies at the same time when dub had just a small number of hardcore fans in Italy. Tanini remaining the band quickly thereafter and Gianni implemented fit in 1994, but Animamigrante captured the hearing of Massive Strike, which enlisted Almamegretta to remix “Karmacoma” as “The Napoli Trip” for Security. That connection subsequently resulted in connection with Adrian Sherwood, who blended 1995’s Sanacore. Evidently a salute towards the local root base music of Campania by way of a dub-wise filtration system, the record and an 80-time tour set up Almamegretta as a significant popular drive in Italy. The melody “O Schiaro Cchiu Felice” was afterwards featured within the film The Cell starring Jennifer Lopez. The Indubb Compact disc of remixes and clean dubs of old songs implemented in 1996, but Almamegretta chosen a radical break on 1998’s Lingo. Documented in Britain with Laswell and Count number Dubulah (previously of Transglobal Underground) on bass and Tuvan neck vocalist Sahinko Namchylak, it practically abandoned reggae for the jungle/drum’n’bass/trance rhythm base. 1999’s Quattro/Quatri transferred back again toward pop music and Jamaican rhythms while mixing in methods from Lingo. Paolo still left the music group in 2000 and transferred to London, although he continues to be a normal collaborator. Rais, who also functions in the United kingdom capital using the Italian-Pakistani group Orchestral Globe Groove, sang one monitor on the 1999 disk by Leftfield and documented another slated for an Asian Dub Base discharge in 2002. In on the web interviews, Almamegretta defined its 2001 studio room record Imaginaria as even more spontaneous, and Venite! Venite! was a live record released in 2002.

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Music Songs Nun te scurda, Fa' ammore cu' mme, 'O Sciore Cchiù Felice, Fattalla', Black Athena, Fatmah, Sanghe e anema, 'O bbuono e 'o malamente, 'O cielo pe' cuscino, Figli di Annibale, Pé Dint' 'e Viche Addò Nun Trase 'o Mare, Ore minuti secondi, Suddd, Ciucculatina d' 'a ferrovia, Maje, Gramigna, Respiro, Imaginaria, Rubb da dubb, 'o ssaje comm'e`, Ammore nemico, Curre core, Anima migrante, N'ata vota, Scatulune, Scioscie viento, Mamma non lo sa, Gimmeurlove, Onda che vai, Music Evolution, Just Say Who, Tiempo niro
Albums Sanacore, Ennenne, Lingo, Venite! Venite!, Ennenne Dub, Vulgus, Controra, Animamigrante, Indubb, Dubfellas, Imaginaria, Dubfellas vol. 2, 4/4, Figli di Annibale, Sciuoglie 'e cane, Sciuoglie 'e cane Live 2004, Sanacore Re-Prises, Quattro Quarti, Lingo incl. 2 Extra Tracks, Just Say Who Remixes, Fattallà, Le origini (Live), R-M-X, What Have You Done The Remixes

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Children of Hannibal 1998
Cous-cous 1996
A Children's Story 2004
Cuore scatenato 2003
Estranei alla massa 2001 Documentary



Passione 2010 performer: "NUN TE SCURDA' FILM MIX"
The Cell 2000 performer: "O SCIORE CCHIU FELICE" - as Alma Me Gretta

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2005 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Score (Migliore Musica) Certi bambini (2004)
1997 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Score (Migliore Musica) Pianese Nunzio, 14 anni a maggio (1996)

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