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Neapolitan Ensemble La Maschera Wins the Andrea Parodi Awards 2018 in Cagliari

Neapolitan act La Maschera won the 11th Andrea Parodi Awards, the only Italian contest devoted to World Music. The Critics’ Awards goes abroad, to Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani. The contest was held November 8-10, 2018 in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) at the Teatro Auditorium Comunale.

Giuseppe Di Bella was nominated for the Special Mention for Best Lyrics in “Ncucciarisi” (sung in Sicilian).

Special Mentions for Best Music and Best Performance went to La Maschera (who performed the song “Te vengo a cerca”, (sung in Neapolitan and Wolof), while Monsieur Doumani (with “Gongs”) was furthermore nominated for the Special Mentions for the Best Reinterpretation of a song by Andrea Parodi, the Best Arrangement and was chosen as best Artists by the young people present in the theater.

 

Monsieur Doumani – Photo by Michalis Ashikkas

 

The International Critics Award went to the KOR vocal ensemble with “Albore” (in Logudorese). Finally, the Special Mention of the competitors themselves, was a draw between Feral Cor with “La Sajetana” (in Genoese) and Giuseppe Di Bella.

Aniello Misto also competed for the victory with “Aumm aumm” (sung in Neapolitan); Ararat Ensemble Orchestra with “Nietaan” (in Wolof); Dindùn with “L’amur” (in Piedmontese) and Terrasonora with “Padre vostro” (in Neapolitan and Swahili).

Before the winners were announced, there was a breathtaking jam session featuring the artistic director Elena Ledda, some of the artists in the jury and the Special Guests of the Awards, who had just performed, namely Peruvian Jorge Pardo, accompanied by the guitarist Francisco Rey Soto, Macedonian Stracho Temelkovski and, from Veneto, the D’Altrocanto Duo.

 

Daniele Cossellu – Photo by Gigi Marras

 

During the evening Daniele Cossellu, historical founder of the Tenores di Bitti “Remunnu ‘e Locu”, received the 2018 Hall of Fame Award. The award given each year to a prominent figure in the Italian cultural and artistic world.

The festival was created in honor of the distinguished Sardinian artist Andrea Parodi, who went from singer-songwriter with Tazenda to a highly valued solo career, of ethnic themes. Over the three-day events, all contestants and special guests performed one song from his repertoire.

Ottavio Nieddu and Gianmaurizio Foderaro presented the 2018 edition. The Grand Finale was broadcast live on the Facebook page of Rai Radio Tutta Italiana.

The winner of the “Parodi Awards” will have the opportunity to perform at the 2019 editions of the following events: the “European Jazz Expo” in Sardinia, Folkest in Friuli, the Negro Festival in Pertosa (Salerno), the awards of all awards – the Mei di Faenza, and at the Parodi Awards 2019, in addition to various other events and music programs to be announced. The winning group 2018, La Maschera will also get an 8-concert tour offered thanks to NuovoImaie (project financed with the funds of the art.7 L. 93/92), and a financial prize of 2,500 euros.

As Prize for the Critics Award, the winner will get a music video production offered by the Federation of Authors.

The finalists are the result of a thorough selection of the 220 contestants, coming from all over the world, from Mexico to Siberia, Senegal to Cyprus.

The Andrea Parodi Awards is organized by the homonymous Foundation thanks to: Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Founder), Department of Public Education, Cultural Heritage, Information, Sports and Entertainment and Department of Tourism, Crafts and Commerce; Fondazione di Sardegna, Cagliari City Council (patrons and sponsors), NUOVOIMAIE, SIAE – Italian Society of Authors and Publishers, Federation of Authors.

The Andrea Parodi Foundation can be supported through the 5×1000 destination and through cash contributions. All information can be found on the Foundation website: www.fondazioneandreaparodi.it.

headline photo: La Maschera – Photo by Gianfilippo Masserano

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The Andrea Parodi Awards Finalists 2018 to Arrive from Across the Globe

Artists from diverse backgrounds, from Italy’s Piedmont to Sicily, from Cyprus to Senegal are among the finalists of the only World Music Contest in Italy, the “Andrea Parodi Awards”. This year’s edition will be held November 8-10 in Cagliari at the Teatro Auditorium Comunale.

The following artists are scheduled to compete:

    • Aniello Misto with “Aumm aumm” (Neapolitan);
    • Ararat Ensemble Orchestra with “Nietaan” (Wolof);
    • Dindùn with “L’amur” (Piedmontese);
    • Giuseppe Di Bella with “Ncucciarisi” (Sicilian);
    • Feral Cor with “La Sajetana” (Genoese);
    • Kor with “Albore” (Logudorese);
    • La Maschera with “Te vengo a cerca ‘” (Neapolitan and Wolof);
    • Monsieur Doumani with “Gongs” (Cypriot);
    • Terrasonora with “Padre vostro” (Neapolitan and Swahili).

The event is organized by the Andrea Parodi Foundation. The artistic director is acclaimed Italian vocalist Elena Ledda. Additionally, important guests from both the Italian and international music scene will soon be announced. Ottavio Nieddu will be the presenter with the collaboration and interventions of Gianmaurizio Foderaro.

The winner of the “Parodi” will have the opportunity to perform in the 2019 editions of the “European Jazz Expo” in Sardinia, at Folkest in Friuli, the Negro Festival of Pertosa (SA), the Mei di Faenza, of the Parodi Awards and in various other events and music programs that will be announced as soon as possible. In addition to this, the winner will be receive a financial award for their artistic growth to a maximum amount of 2,500 euros.

There will also be a tour of eight concerts, offered by NuovoImaie (project financed with the funds in Art. 7 L. 93/92).

Andrea Parodi

The contest celebrates the memory of Andrea Parodi, an artist who went from singer-songwriter with Tazenda to a solo career of highly valued re-elaboration of his roots, thanks to which he became an international reference in the world music scene, collaborating among other artists with Al Di Meola and Noa.

In addition to the aforementioned, partners of the event include: Premio Bianca d’Aponte, Mare e Miniere, Premio Città di Loano for traditional Italian music, Labimus (Interdisciplinary Laboratory on Music by the University of Cagliari, Department of History, Cultural Heritage and Territory), Barumini Foundation – Culture System. Media partners are Radio Rai, Radio Popolare, Radio Sintony, Unica Radio, Sardegna 1 Tv, Tiscali, Il Giornale della musica, Blogfoolk, Mundofonias (Spain), Doruzka (Czech Rep.), Concertzender (Holland).

The Andrea Parodi Awards is organized by the homonymous Foundation thanks to: Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Founder), Department of Public Education, Cultural Heritage, Information, Sports and Entertainment and Department of Tourism, Crafts and Commerce; Fondazione di Sardegna, Cagliari City Council (patrons and sponsors), Nuovoimaie, SIAE – Italian Society of Authors and Publishers, Federation of Authors.

The Andrea Parodi Foundation can be supported through 5×1000 and voluntary donations. All information can be found on the Foundation website: www.fondazioneandreaparodi.it.

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