roots in migration: presenting célia mara & la banda di piazza caricamento

3 October 2009 17:44

While our old continent is transforming itself into „ fortress Europe“, excluding intercontinental migrations, closing borders and featuring racist policies in many of our countries, a new initiative with an extremely high musical and social potential is born:
Célia Mara & La Banda di Piazza Caricamento.
Fresh global bastardsound. It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s today’s urban Europe.
Made between Vienna and Genoa. Viva la globalisaXion cultural!

This is music for peace and social justice – the voices and sounds of migration, the musical and energetical melting of a globalized world. No borders to cultural expression!
It is a big multi-ethnic band full of energy, great grooves and dance performances… with powerful lead singer & guitar player – Diaspora-Brazilian – Célia Mara.
Célia Mara makes music with a big smile. Singing about new, interesting times.
She is a 21st. century singer – songwriter and guitar player, a real Brazilian groove lady, a jazz singer full of emotion, a screaming rock star, a sensual seduction, simply – a firework on stage. The international press calls her the Brazilian Manu Chao, compares her energy to Carlinhos Brown, her voice to Vanessa da Mata and her musical concept goes along with Tom Zé… She is considered one of Europe’s most impressive Brazilian artists, her “bastardsound” conquered the World Music Charts all over the continent, she performed at huge and prestigious festivals in Eastern and Western Europe and was awarded various times.
La Banda di Piazza Caricamento, directed by Davide Ferrari, is a collective of young artists in migration – bringing their “world”-backgrounds in the urban life of a new Europe. It is the babel of Genoa – young people immigrated from Brazil, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan – brought together in 2007… different percussion and voices are dominating, DJ-sounds are integrating traditional sounds. The musicians mix, in a bursting and pressing sound, the rhythms of Cuban congas, African & Arab percussions of djembe and darabouka, the magical riffs of kora, street rap, Indian dance, lyric melodies from eastern Europe, India and Italy …
They are performing strong songs in many different languages, many of them written by Célia Mara: Brazil going funk, Samba mixed with Cumbia and Rap, Electric-Tango, Punk and NuBossa… The musical show is integrated with elements of urban and traditional dance, it is pure joy to watch these young, dynamic artists in their continuous improvisations…

But that’s not all: the projects stands symbolically for a new Europe, for cultural diversity in it’s best expression: there is no question of integration – everybody brings in his or her cultural backgrounds and information’s, creating something new, powerful and reflecting our actual, urban culture.
Considering the fact that today’s European cities are in a continuous process of transformation, stating that culture is flexible, always adapting itself to what it happening around, the anthropologists and cultural manager Davide Ferrari and Silvia Jura Santangelo decided to join forces in music management combined with anti-racist politics. They are offering this great musical project with an amazing live-show – fitting into any type of festival – completed by creative and social workshops & conferences in the fields of migrations and cultural diversity.
Davide Ferrari, since 25 years director of the “Festival del Mediterraneo” and Echo-Art in Genoa, started in 2007 the multi-ethnical project “La banda di piazza caricamento” – an Italian concept of joining musicians of different cultures and nations to big local orchestras. Davide, who is, besides being a musical director, a music therapist and a visionary, formed this big band of young artists with at least 10 different nationalities, respecting gender balance as well! Their first album “babelsound” was awarded with the “prêmio amnesty international”.
Silvia Jura Santangelo, president of the IG World Music Austria, director of globalista, the Vienna based label, Célia Mara management and NGO, is the other conceptionist of the project. Silvia is working a lot on questions of gender and race, running different projects in social and cultural fields. Actually, she is building up, together with Célia Mara, a socio-cultural center in Salvador Bahia. To combine the work of Davide and her’s is a way to bring forward new, interesting perspectives in a global European cultural work.

More infos: Silvia Jura Santangelo & Davide Ferrari / Echo-Art

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