to SALENTO BY 5 author, Carlo Longo, and his group BlueSalento on the release today of BlueSalento's new CD album, "Mare Tu Salentu," produced by the Pugliese label, Dodicilune.
The new album was the subject of a presentation ceremony on the evening of April 7 in the town of Taviano in the heart of Salento. The atmosphere and the characters of each sound track of the album create a tangle of emotions and memories in the foreground while reflecting scenes of the Salento countryside and its seas. The album's music and lyrics express the joys and suffering of Salento: a Syrian woman with riveting eyes in flight from war; a Albanian girl desperate to return home; a father who lost his fisherman son to the sea; a shooting star that holds together two distant lovers; the wind that carries messages to the beloved; the inevitable Salento displaying typical Salentino irony.
The sounds of "Mare Tu Salentu" are sophisticated and refined, with strong contributions from classical instrumentalists. The language of the lyrics is Salento's universal lingua franca common throughout the region, with minimal regional dialect, and with markedly Spanish-Latin influence. Words in the songs' lyrics are based primarily on their euphonic, rhythmic and expressive effects. Yet, the result is that the Salento language is preserved, evolves and lives in the songs. Salento's lingua franca is not only not disappearing, it is being reborne in the choruses of BlueSalento's fantastic new album!
BlueSalento, the group, is composed of:
Carlo Longo: Composition, lyrics, vocal and folk guitar.
Carlo is also "The Music Maker—Author" of SALENTO BY 5
Luigi Liotta: Arrangement, editing, classical and folk guitar
Salvatore Amante: Keyboard and arrangement
Umberto Malagnino: Electric bass
Rosanna Schina: Tamburello, tammorra and harmonica
Sergio Lia: Tamburelli
Massimo Liotta: Classic and electric guitars
Claudia Lannocca, Eleonora Rizzo, Carmen Maruccio: Vocals
Edoardo D'Ambrosio: Drums and percussion
Dario Cota: Accordion
Blog post by David