Progetto Migala combines ethnic musics (Afro- Mediterranean, Balkan, Latin, Irish…) with the sounds of the musical tradition of Southern Italy, looking for a personal interpretation of folk music and world music, in a world that is increasingly considered a “Global Village”. The name Migala is closely linked to the name of Pino Zimba: famous singer and “tamburello” player from Salento, who died in 2008. “Zimba” is the pseudonym of Giuseppe Mighali. “Mighali” comes from the word “Migala” that in the language of the Grecia Salentina indicates a type of tarantula. The tarantula is the central symbolic element in the cultural phenomenon of southern Italy known as “tarantism”. The group was founded in the spring of 2008 by Davide Roberto and Emilio Quaglieri, students in Musicology at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome. The group, initially created with the intention to reinterpreting traditional folk music of Southern Italy, shifts his interest in world music and the creative possibilities given by the combination of different ethnic musical styles. In this way we are able to exploit the different artistic backgrounds of the members of the band, mixing different styles, cultures, and musics.Our band also gives a modern interpretation of traditional folk music of Southern Italy like “pizzica”, “taranta”, “tarantella” and “tammurriata”. Our intent is a continuous research and experimentation in melting these different sounds. Migala tries to be a bridge between different musical styles, to express a “Culture of Peace”.
Davide Roberto – voice, percussions
Emilio Quaglieri – guitar, saz baglama
Emanuele Lituri – bass
Mario Peperoni – violin
Pasqualino Ubaldini – guitar, bouzouki, saz baglama, oud, fretless bass
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