Artist Profiles: Nakaira


Nakaira is a world music group from Italy. It performs traditional music from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and the Celtic Areas (Ireland, Northern Spain, etc.), as well as its original music (always inspired by the traditions of the above mentioned areas).

The band’s musical project aims to connect styles of different cultures. In doing this, Nakaira uses various traditional instruments. In addition, the group is also working on the popular music of Sicily, where it comes from.

Nakaira’s members don’t have the intention of acting as ethnomusicologists, but instead, it tries to give listeners a taste of the sounds and rhythms of various traditions. Sometimes the different styles are combined closely together in order to reveal their similarities, but other times they are mixed to get a pleasing musical result.

Melthemi is the title of Nakaira’s 2003 CD and it is also name of a Mediterranean wind. It enabled the first people who discovered it to trace new routes in the Mediterranean Sea and to enhance the spreading of cultures and populations. This is the spirit that drove the band in the recording of its second CD: original and traditional music. A trip from Greece to Sephardic Spain, and to the outskirts of the Middle East, passing through Sicily, Nakaira’s native land. Melthemi rides on the wings of a song in Sicilian dialect, whose text was been expressively written for the album by Sicilian singer-songwriter Carlo Muratori based on an original Nakaira theme.

Musicians: Antonio Curiale – violin, ud; Fulvio Farkas – percussion; Angelo Liotta – strings; Vincenzo Virgillito – bass;


Musiche A Danzare Tra Oriente E Occidente ‎(Musicisti Associati Produzioni, 2000)
Melthemi (2003)
Di Terra E Di Mare ‎(Alfa Music, 2009)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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