«A voci ‘e Napule»: that’s what the Neapolitan singer and author Sergio Bruni called him, an artist to whom some cornerstones of Neapolitan music known throughout the world are linked. The Neapolitan singer Raiz (historical voice of Almamegretta) dedicated the album to the master who passed away twenty years ago Yes, love is the cause of death, published last February, in which he reinterpreted ten songs from Bruni’s vast repertoire. Raiz followed up this recording tribute with a tour that continues its journey also in autumn and winter, with three stops that will once again touch Puglia: the Teatro Traetta in Bitonto (Saturday 25 November), the Palazzo Roma in Ostuni (Friday 1 December) and the Curci Municipal Theater of Barletta (Sunday 21 January 2024). Taking the stage with Raiz, as happened for the recording of the album, will be Radicanto, a band from Bari made up of Giuseppe De Trizio and Adolfo La Volpe on lutes, Francesco De Palma on percussion, Giovanni Chiapparino on accordion and Giorgio Vendola on the double bass.
«Bruni represents a world that is part of my family – comments Raiz -. I grew up with his music without ever singing it publicly, except for the song Carmela which I have performed live a few times, just as I had never thought of paying homage to him with a series of songs. For me, Bruni is an icon, representing that lost world of the Neapolitan classic.”
For Raiz, 2023 was a truly important year full of different activities, also showing great artistic versatility. Music on TV, cinema and, above all, in the role of the boss Don Salvatore Ricci in the successful Rai series Sea outside. Fresh from the Targa Tenco with Almamegretta for the Best album in dialect with Senghe, Raiz then dedicated an album to the music and poetics of Sergio Bruni. A passionate work, between narration and sound, remembering how Bruni was able to represent all the inhabitants of the city with his songs, from the wealthiest to the most popular classes.