Monday, April 22, 2013

Nerys's Guide to Italian Music: Negramaro

Negramaro are from the Salento area in south-eastern Puglia, right down in the heel of Italy. Their name is taken from negroamaro, a red wine grape variety native to Salento. The band is made up of six members, Giulio Sangiorgi (voice, guitar, piano), Emanuele Spedicato (guitar), Ermanno Carl√† (bass), Danilo Tasco (drums), Andrea Mariano (piano and keyboard), and Andrea De Rocco (sampler). This year they are celebrating ten years since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2003.

Mainstream success started to arrive in 2004 with the release of their second album, 000577, but it wasn't until 2005 and the title track from their third album Mentre tutto scorre that they broke into the single charts. It was also the song the band took to that year's Sanremo festival, which won them the Premio della Critica Radio & TV (The radio & TV critics' prize). The album also reached number 3 on the album charts and sold over 600.000 copies.

During my Erasmus year from 2005-2006 three of the band's songs were being played on the radio, Estate, Solo 3 min. and Nuvole e lenzuola. It was Nuvole and lenzuola that was the biggest hit of the three at the time, reaching number 10 in the singles chart, and staying in the Top 40 for 16 weeks.

The summer after their next single Parlami d'amore was everywhere, after having been released at the end of May. It peaked at number 2 in the charts and was one of the summer's biggest hits.

Negramaro's highest charting single is 2008's Meraviglioso, a cover of Domenico Modugno's 1968 song. Their version reached number one, after they had performed it during their concert at San Siro stadium in Milan on the 31st of May of that year.

Recently their biggest hit has been Ti è mai successo which was released in September 2012. It was the first single taken from their greatest hits collection, Una storia semplice.

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