Awards for World Music 2006

"It was the Neapolitan philosopher Giambattista Vico who once developed a circular theory of existence. We might travel as far as we can from our point of departure, but inevitably, we will always be drawn back to it in the end. Enzo Avitabile grew up listening to jazz and blues in the bars frequented by Yankee GIs stationed in Naples. He fell in love with American soul and R&B and mastered the sax, cementing his knowledge of the mechanics of music at the conservatory of San Pietro a Maiella. He then went on to release a string of successful solo albums, beginning with 'Avitabile' in 1982, and collaborated with a number of American musical heroes and heroines including James Brown, Tina Turner, Richie Havens, Randy Crawford and Afrika Bambaata.

In 1996 he began his return to the roots by writing songs about the poor and marginalised of his native city in a Neapolitan dialect. This fascination for the deeply religious and yet enticingly pagan and carnivalesque folklore of the Campania region eventually lead him to the bottari, or barrel-beaters of Portico di Caserta. In the early middle ages, the able-bodied men of this small village would gather to 'beat' out the demons from their fields and granaries, in order to ensure a good harvest. Their instruments were botti, tini e falci, or barrels, vats and sickles, and the noise they made was truly deafening...imagine a cross between the Drummers of Burundi and Ghostbusters.

As so often happens, this very practical exercise turned into a ritual and eventually into a distinct musical culture, centred around the feast day of San Antonio Abate in January. With devoted skill, Enzo Avitabile managed to blend the beats of the bottari with jazz, blues and the voices of the Brotherhood of the SS Crucifix. Word of this intriguing project soon got out and artists like Khaled, Amina, Hugh Massakela and Manu Dibango all begged Enzo to be allowed to contribute. The resulting CD 'Salvamm O Munno' ('Save The World') became one of the most unexpected and entrancing global music successes of recent years. Avitabile's work has given the tradtion a new lease of life, and made it famous throughout Italy and now the world. One of Naples' most dynamic and adventurous musical sons has come home. "

01. Abball' cu me - with Khaled
02. Tutt' egual song'e criature
03. Chest'e l'Africa - with Hugh Masekela
04. A peste
05. Salvamm'o munno - with Manu Dibango
06. Canta Palestina - with Amina
07. Vott'o sole arint'
08. Int' o viento
09. Tarantella bruna - with Baba Sissoko
10. Paisa - with Baba Sissoko
11. Puort aller
12. Votta votta

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"In recent times Zoltán Kallós is one of the most prominent and important figures in folk music research and collection in the Carpathian Basin.

Here Kallós sings songs from his own field work, accompanied by Ökrös Group. The selections represent nearly every area of Transylvania inhabited by Hungarians: Szilágyság, Kalotaszeg, Mezőség, Gyimes and Moldavia.

Born in Válaszút (Kolozs country, in Transylvania) in 1926, Zoltán Kallós follows in the tradition of Bartók and Kodály researching and collecting folk music from within the region known as the Carpathian Basin.

His interest in the folk music of this area started while still at school, and he has collected and researched the music since the late 1940s. Around the 1960s he started recording folk music in the various places he had previously studied, and it is these recordings that make up the Kallós Archive. In addition to these field recordings he has himself recorded the songs he collected with the ensembles Ökrös and Téka.

A forerunner to the Táncház (Dance House) folk revival of the 1970s in Hungary he was awarded the "Tree of Life" Prize in 1990, the Pro Hungarian Art Prize in 1993, and the Kossuth Award in 1996."

01 Moldvai bújdosódal (Gadár)
02 Keserves, hajnali és szapora (Kalotaszeg)
03 Szilágysági katonadalok (Varsolc)
04 Magyarszováti szerelmi dalok (Mezőség)
05 Mezőségi kontyoló dalok
06 Bonchidai-válaszúti menyasszony kísérő dalok (Mezőség)
07 Gyimesvölgyi szerelmi dalok
08 Válaszúti katonadalok (Mezőség)
09 Ördöngősfüzesi katonadalok (Mezőség)
10 Moldvai szerelmi dal (Klézse)

Zoltán Kallós - voice

Ökrös Ensemble:
Csaba Ökrös - fiddle
Miklós Molnár - fiddle
László Kelemen - viola
László Mester - viola
Róbert Doór - double bass

Zoltán Juhász - whistles
Kálmán Balogh - cimbalom


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