La Banda di Piazza Caricamento
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La Banda di Piazza Caricamento

Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Genoa, Liguria, Italy
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"Buona Music, e tutta questione di pedali"

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Sabato 17th September 2011 - Il Manifesto


La Banda di Piazza Caricamento has released two albums to date, Babelsound and Nu Town  and will be releasing its third album The Sixth Continent  in May 2014. The band was created by a selection of young musicians from around the world and directed artistically by Davide Ferrari. 



The city of Genoa, a melting pot of foreign cultures, gives birth to LA BANDA DI PIAZZA CARICAMENTO, with music created and inspired by ideals of non-violence and the willingness to mix different ethnicities together to create a new sound and peaceful co- existence.

Composed by musicians -immigrated or second-generation immigrants- from the five world continents, they have become the voice of integration, testimonials of their original countries traditions. Urban voices with African , Asiatic and European nuances, notes from the west to the farest east, Italian, Indian, Russian, English and Gaelic lyrics melted up with the afro-Cuban and African and middle oriental percussions,  underground guitar, a pulsing bass, mexican marimba and a balaphon from Senegal, magnetic theremin, hang drum, jewish harp....

They will release a third and new album The Sixth Continent, a product that integrates seven years of concerts, improvisations, experiences and music labs in May 2014 and Tour. Their first album Babel Sound was awarded by Amnesty International and their second album 'Nu Town' was meet with great enthusiasm from fans and critics alike.

Special guest Artists have collaborated with La Banda for live performances and recordings including, La Squadra di Trallallero, the main story-tellers of the Genovese roots and Celia Mara, the creator of the bastard sound, a magnetic Brazilian singer-songwriter as well as Gnawa Bambara, the Sufi trance musicians from Morocco and Antonella Ruggiero who has included her recently collaboration on her new album.  

The Piazza Caricamento band is a result of the influence of ethnic sounds generated by immigration in Italy over the past 20 years. The band, directed by Davide Ferrari, President of the Echo Art association with the support of the Arts Council of the Municipality of Genoa.

 La Banda di Piazza Caricamento represents a new opportunity to improve dialogue and exchange opportunities among the different cultures coexisting in Genoa while at the same time offering alternative ways to encounter, enrich and promote them. It is a band which brings together different ethnic groups and musical styles, collecting the energy of young immigrants who are used to mixing their traditional languages with the urban slang of the citys natives. The Piazza Caricamento band is an artistic symbol of a new concept of creativity and cultural metamorphosis, contributing to the growing recognition of Genoa as a city of multi-ethnic art as an expression of peaceful co-existence. 

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