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UFO BAR

by BANDA MAJE

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Gibbidens Were you desperately searching for some Neapolitan fresh crispy clean music, with a little spray of Italian funky disco from the 70's? This is your place. This you buy. You no regret.

You may not distinguish an Italian word from the other, and know even less about the Neapolitan dialect, but...this is how good this album is, you don't need to understand any of it to appreciate the language of its music! Favorite track: Ufo Bar.
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Fornellesse 03:38
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Ufo Bar 04:34
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2010 04:14
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Ago 04:30
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about

More a family than a band, BANDA MAJE formed in a home studio in the historic district of Salerno, in Southern Italy, on the initiative of Peppe Maiellano (composer and keyboards) and Tonico Settanta (producer, rapper and DJ). The collective has an ever-changing number of members, all of whom – a bit like the lively port city they are from – exist at the crossroads between Italian melodies and imported genres like funk, soul and disco.

Released by Four Flies Records, a label specializing in vintage Italian soundtracks and brand new productions with a strong cinematic feel, Banda Maje’s debut album “Ufo Bar” transports you to an imagined version of Salerno that combines local tradition and 70s pop and film culture.

Listening to the album’s eight funk- and soul- infused tracks also means seeing stories unfold in the streets of this re-imagined city: from the jubilant uprising organised by the women from the Rione Fornelle neighborhood in “Fornellesse”, to the cigarette smuggling story in “P’ ciel, p’ mar, p’ terr”; from the distinctly southern Italian pucundria (bittersweet melancholy) in “Sunday Embarcadero”, to the saga of provincial nightlife in “Living Disco Club”.

While the LP’s Side A is sunny and cheerful, its Side B is more nostalgic, almost nocturnal, with bittersweet vibes in “2010” and new wave-influenced synths in “Ago”. This variety of moods reflects the emotional depth behind the music of Banda Maje: “We want to leave a trace of what we experience: the narrow little streets brimming with life; our love for Neapolitan music, for Italian soundtracks from the 70s, for B-movies and the saga of cigarette smugglers; our passion for vinyls and cassette mixtapes, not to mention second-hand love affairs and dusty afternoons spent watching third-division football”.

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released May 14, 2021

BANDA MAJE

Drums: Giuseppe “Flippettone” Limpido
Bass: Giuseppe ” ‘o Latt’ ” Desiderio
Keys: Peppe Maiellano
Electric guitar & bouzouki: Antonio D’Apolito
Rap: Tonico Settanta
Percussions: Francesco Fasanaro
Tenor sax: Antonio Di Filippo
Flute: Francesco Cirillo
Chorus: Angelica Cascone
Chorus & additional keys: Carmelo D’Amato

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Italian golden age soundtracks rescued from oblivion. Previously unreleased or lesser-known pieces by greats like Alessandroni, Umiliani, Sorgini, D'Auria and others.

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