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Negrita is one of the most influential Italian rock bands since the 90’s, and it is currently composed of Pau (Paolo Bruni), Drigo (Enrico Salvi), Mac (Cesare Petricich) and Franky (Francesco Li Causi).
After three years of absence from the music scene, the band released their tenth album on October 25 this year, which seems to be similar to the older sounds that used to characterize the group. Negrita, initially got its success playing music similar to American classic rock. Furthermore one of the main characteristics of the group has always been the deepness of the lyrics, which goes along with all the band’s records.
After the release of the album “Ehi! Negrita” (the title is a tribute to the song “Hey! Negrita” by the Rolling Stones, the song which originally inspired the band’s name), Negrita opened the sonorities to the influence of Latin rhythm and sounds in the records. This new musical approach was not appreciated by many of their older fans who claimed the band changed their vision of music too much to still represent them.
On the other hand, a different target of people were attracted by those new musical tones, resulting in a gold disc for “L’uomo sogna di Volare”, one of their most recent albums. Nevertheless, with their brand new album “Dannato Vivere” the band now seems to be back to more properly rock oriented sounds.
Even if it smells like a coming back to the origins, it is possible to find a further development of Negrita’s sound, which now opens a window onto the British sonorities pertaining to the 70’s and the 80’s. “Dannato Vivere” is characterized by very intriguing lyrics like the band’s previous records, but which differ a bit in content this time, resulting in something that is more dramatic.
Due to the personal experiences of some of the components of the group, the message of the album comes out dark, although accompanied by a touch of hope, and it arrives to the listener very honestly. It is a description of the sufferings of a man’s soul. It walks on the line of desperate feelings but with a touch of positive attitude, which makes the album introspective instead of depressing.
The message of the lyrics is also well expressed by the musical nature of the songs which perfectly follow the theme. The challenge now for Negrita is to win back their old fans who were disappointed by the band’s previous music experiments, while keeping the new fans amused.
They seem to be on the right path, as “Dannato Vivere” has already entered the second place of the FiMi list of bestselling records shortly after its release. The band also announced an upcoming tour starting next January. Live shows surely are one of the greatest qualities this band has. A Negrita concert, indeed, is not only a spicy play through of the records.
Attending a Negrita concert is like going to the theatre to see Shakespeare. Everything on the stage melts together in a sort of powerful perfection: music, lyrics, speeches, and, most of all, the dynamics of the band’s movements and interactions during the concert.
This is not limited to the stage, though. Those attending the concert, indeed, feel like a full part of the play that is going on in the arena. Negrita has a particular power to move everything and create a perfect spiral of music where the fan results in being the center and not the spectator. This is surely an experience to be lived by any fan, as well as music lovers.
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