...another excellent example of Sardinian vocal skill...

Polyphonies de Méditerranée
Sardaigne - Italie
Tenores Di Bitti Remunnu E' Locu


01. Cantu A Ballu Seriu - Su Bandu Universale - 03:41
02. Cantu A Isterritas - Sos Avaros - 06:42
03. Mutos - 04:22
04. Ballu A Passu Torratu - 05:34
05. S'Andira Antica - 05:14
06. S'Andira De Como - 03:58
07. Ballu Lestru - 04:23
08. Su Nenneddu - 02:39
09. Andelus Cantade A Su Vitzu De Maria - 04:33
10. Cantu A Boche Note - S'Incontru Fortunadu - 07:01


Daniele Cossellu: boche e mesa'oche
Tancredi Tucconi: contra
Salvatore Bandinu: bassu
Piero Sanna: boche e mesa'oche


 Tenores di Bitti are Sardinia's celebrated masters of traditional "tenores" singing, a tradition that dates back over a thousand years. The Tenores do not use written music - this precious cultural/musical tradition is handed down orally from father to son. Their singing is characterised by the sounds of the natural landscape and the singers stand one in front of the other, forming a circle; their singing is a symbol of the strength, of the social cohesion, which is felt inside.

Tenores di Bitti are the established masters of this millenarian art. After twenty years of activity with the same line-up, winner of hundreds of prizes, admired by the most important ethnomusicologists, invited by such musicians like Lester Bowie and Ornette Coleman to perform with them, Tenores di Bitti are considered the absolute perfection of "canto a tenore" and in Sardinia they are near to the legend.


The "Canto a Tenores", typical of the centre of Sardinia, is one of the most precious and enchanting polyphonic arts in the Mediterranean area. This traditional singing form is still well alive in the island. Four voices create the music: Boghe, Contra, Mesa 'oche, Bassu. The lead voice (Boghe) sings the main melody and starts the song, while the other three voices are the rhythmic accompaniment characterised by nonsense syllables. Using their typical guttural timbre and tuning jumps, Tenores have an enormous repertoire: Mutos, Ottave, Battorinas, Terzine, dances and improvised rhymes. Deeply different from any other Italian polyphonic style, specially for the bass voices, surprisingly "Il Canto a Tenore" shows many analogies with the primitive vocal music of Oceania and Africa.


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