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International guests

Together with Ligabue at the final mega concert “La Notte della Taranta” on August 22nd.  In Melpignano, in the Salento,  together with the maestro concertatore Phil Manzanera, historical guitarist of Roxy Music and co-producer of Pink Floyd, there will be also Paul Simonon, bassist of  The Clash, a famous punk-rock music,Tony Allen, a drummer from Nigeria among the Afrobeat music founders, Andrea Echeverri, guitarrist and leader of the colombian Group Los Aterciopelados,  Anna Phoebe, a violinist from London belonging to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Raoul Rodriguez.

“We are very proud  – said Massimo Manera, La Notte della Taranta Foundation President - to announce together with the maestro Phil Manzanera, the following music performers who will lead pizzica music in a virtual journey through Nigeria, Colombia, North Europe and Spain, giving unique and exclusive emotions to the audience”.
An extraordinary international parterre which will bring in Italy even artists belonging to the legend such as Paul Simonon, a musician very well-known all over the world, founder of The Clash. Among his recent projects, the following ones: The Good, The Bad & The Queen with Damon Albarn and the album of the Gorillaz, Plastic Beach. There will be also Tony Allen, drummer, songs author and compser, defined by Brian Eno as "the best drummer ever existed", to grapple with pizzica. Tony Allen was a member of Fela Kuti Group, Africa ’70, from 1968 to 1979, and he can be absolutely considered one of the pioneers of Afrobeat music”. Among his several projects, he cooperated with Paul Simonon in The Good, The Bad & The Queen.
The Whole picture is completed by two women artists: Andrea Echeverri, a famous guitarist and singer, well-known either for her solo artist career or as a member of the famous Aterciopelados Group and Anna Phoebe, a violinist from London well appreciated because her versatility allows her to master the most different music genres. From 2004 to 2009 the artist played with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In 2010 she met Manzanera, who will bring the English musician to perform on the stage in Melpignano. Together with the violinist Phoebe, also Raul Rodriguez, a flamenco guitarist who has worked with Kiko Veneno, Martirio, Cara Oscura and who has been able to take the Tres Flamenco, a variation of the Tres Cubano, into the world of flamenco. 

I am very happy – said Phil Manzanera - that  La Notte della Taranta has attracted such prestigious artists, ready to take part to this fantastic concert with great enthusiasm, giving a tribute to the Amazing salentina land and to its local artists. I hope this year our presence can represent a further opportunity to spread all over the world your fantastic collective and inestimable Heritage that is your culture which deserves an international audience”.

The Concertone on the 22nd of August in Melpignano, able to attract every year more than 150 thousand people dancing in the square until the sunrise, is the final part of the "La Notte della Taranta" Itinerant Festival which will start on the 3rd August in Corigliano d’Otranto and it will last 17 nights all over the Salento, during which more than 60 music groups will perform.

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