10 Anys (Aramúsica AR0052011, 2011)
The new album by renowned Sardinian vocalist Franca Masu is titled 10 Anys and it celebrates 10 years of touring the world. Some of these world stages include Montreal, Istanbul, Barcelona, Utrecht and the prestigious Festival Internacional de la Porta Ferrada in Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Spain).
On 10 Anys Franca Masu sings in Catalan and her native Sardinian. Catalan is still spoken in by a small minority in the seaside village of Alghero on the island of Sardinia which still preserves the medieval character of the heritage left by the Crown of Aragon. 10 Anys revisits some of her essential songs from her albums in Catalan language El meu viatge (2000), Alquimia (2003) and Aquamare (2006).
Franca Masu has an intense and passionate voice and is considered one of the best folk-rooted singers in Italy. Although she comes from a Mediterranean background, her musical influences include Portuguese fado and Argentine tango, two genres that have had a deep influence in her music.
Franca Masu is one of the revelations in the current Catalan language music scene and 10 Anys reveals her talent with evocative Mediterranean songs sculpted with the essence of tango and fado.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.