The canto a tenores, typical of the centre of Sardinia, us one of the most precious and enchanting polyphonic arts in the Mediterranean area. Coming form an ancient and mysterious origin, this traditional singing form is still well alive in the island.Four are the voices: 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 non-sense syllables.Using their typical guttural timbre and tuning jumps, I TENORES can sing 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.
I 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, I TENORES DI BITTI are considered the absolute perfection of "canto a tenore" and in Sardinia they are near to the legend. Introducing the album Frank Zappa wrote "We now have another excellent example of Sardinian vocal skill. I hope others will enjoy this recording as much as I have". So do we.
TENORES DI BITTI from Felmay Shop
Daniele Cossellu boche e mesa 'oche Tancredi Tucconi contra Salvatore Banidinu bassu Pietro Sanna boche e mesa 'oche