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Nun Te Vutà

by Newpoli

As you hear the tamburello pounding out the heartbeat of Newpoli’s music, the two singers start up an ancient tongue twisting melody and you'll have a very hard time sitting still!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nun Te Vutà
5:26 $0.99
2. Bazaar
4:48 $0.99
3. Sciure d'arance
4:36 $0.99
4. Nunnamuinà 'e Cicere
1:29 $0.99
5. Uè uailì
2:58 $0.99
6. Rosa e Teresa
3:27 $0.99
7. Pizzica de li desideri
4:56 $0.99
8. Pizzica
5:40 $0.99
9. Nun l'avia a fa' / Donna 'sabella
5:26 $0.99
10. Alla Salentina
3:37 $0.99
11. Fronni d'alia
4:10 $0.99
12. Alla Stiglianese
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Album Notes
The group carries on a tradition that is so old it’s hard to date, performing music from the South of Italy laced with influences from all of the surrounding Mediterranean cultures. Originals are mixed with exciting arrangements of traditional music, the tempo is high, and the drama and passion in their blood can be heard in every note!

Their latest CD, Nun te vutà, features twelve tracks, six originals, six traditionals, and more then a dozen handcrafted indigenous instruments played by eight talented musicians. It’s an album that deals with contemporary topics with the help of traditional sounds.



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Authentic, fun southern Italian folk music!
Nun Te Vuta is a triumph, not just for Newpoli, but for the listener as well. Imagine yourself in a piazza in a small town in the region of Basilicata in southern Italy. A few people from old men to middle-aged women to teenagers have brought their tamborines and accordions, maybe a flute and a violin, their singing voices, and an odd instrument called a cupa cupa. They play the old songs, the dancing starts, and everyone joins in. Now transport that scene to a stage in the United States where the performers encapsulate that passion and add their musical training and you have Newpoli and Nun Te Vuta.

This album brought three things to me. The first was a complete inability to sit still when listening to high energy tunes like Ué Uaillì, Rosa E Teresa, and Pizzica De Li Desideri! I felt like I needed to get up and dance or at least snap my fingers or clap. Next was the story behind the title track, Nun Te Vuta, which means "don't look back". This original song is a tribute to those around the world who have left their home countries to find a better life abroad, something that is personal to many of the musicians of Newpoli. Finally, there are the passionate and haunting Basilicata chants that grip me every time I listen to them.

Each song, whether an original from Newpoli or an arrangement of a traditional song, has something special -- the vocals, or the many, many traditional instruments the skilled musicians -- to tell a story or just to bring a little joy. I've chosen two songs to comment on here.

Vocalist Carmen Marsico's chant in Nun L'avia A Fa, accompanied by only the rhythmic woomp of the cupa cupa, is simply breathtaking in its clarity and emotion. In the second part, Donna Sabella, Angela Rossi brings such a feeling of heartache, don't be surprised if a tear forms as the sadness, or maybe longing, that her voice conveys takes hold of you.

The first track on Newpoli's first (self-titled) album was titled Pizzica. On Nun Te Vuta, they have included a new arrangement of Pizzica, proof of their years of experience and the knowledge they have gained about the music they love so much. This arrangement of Pizzica is like a complex puzzle whose pieces fit perfectly together. The solos by accordionist Roberto Cassan and guest violinist Beth Bahia Cohen are impressive.

Newpoli has used a wide range of instruments, mostly all traditional and enough to fill a stage, to add a new dimension and a maturity to southern Italian folk music, giving their music a sound for modern times. The five original songs, a first for them, blend in so well with the traditionals as to easily masquerade as classics. Nun Te Vuta is their finest album. This is what Newpoli was meant to be.