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A native of Salento, Antonio Castrignanò has played and collaborated with such diverse artists such as Stewart Copeland, The Chieftains and Ballakè Sissoko. He was recently featured on voice and tambourine in Ludovico Einaudi's recording of La Notte della Taranta, and has become one of the main figures in the rediscovery of the musical traditions of Salento. Backed by the clever production of Turkish multi-instrumentalist and DJ Mercan Dede, Castrignanò's new album Fomenta builds on the traditions of his homeland to create a totally new sound.
Personnel: Antonio Castrignanò (vocals, mandolin, synthesizer, frame drum); Ninfa Giannuzzi (vocals); Gianluca Longo (mandola); Giulio Bianco (flute, bagpipe); Rocco Nigro (accordion, synthesizer); Andrea Doremi (tuba); Mercan Dede (synthesizer, electronics); Alberto Fabris (synthesizer); Giuseppe Spedicato (acoustic bass, electric bass); Mert Elmas (tapan).
Audio Mixer: Mercan Dede.
Recording information: Corrado Productions, Supersano, LE; International Sound, Conversano, BA; Mai Tai Studio.
Editor: Guglielmo Dimidri.
Photographer: Carlo Piro.