Agricantus (2018)

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  • 05/25/2018
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Feast your ears on an Italian group that cooks up an exotic blend of cross-cultural ingredients.” Dore Stein, Tangent Radio, USA 


At the end of the 1980s, the music industry discovered that southern Italy had some wonderful productions to offer the world. On the list, the Sicilian band Agricantus had a special place. Through three decades, these “transglobal music explorers” have been melding the future with the past, mixing electronic world grooves with ancient sounds of Sicily, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa, and producing bold albums.


“Akoustikòs” is Agricantus’ new artistic project – a journey through various places full of evocative perfumes, colors and atmospheres. Born out of their meeting with Sicilian pianist and vocalist Anita Vitale, the project revisits the band's earlier repertoire with new ears, creating new music and songs with intense emotional power. The use of electronics, always a signature feature of the band, is here only to complement the gentle, organic and natural sound of the voices and instruments.

In these times of great confusion, “Akoustikòs” is a call to slow down and come together, to listen to the deep and the ancient. It is also a tribute to forgotten places and peoples, from the heart of the Mediterranean.

Akoustikòs - Vol.1 was released on May 25, 2018

Agricantus are:

Anita Vitale (Lead Vocal, Fender Rhodes, Piano), Mario Crispi (Ethnic Wind Instruments, Vocals), Mario Rivera (6 String Acoustic Bass, Vocals), Giovanni Lo Cascio (Drums, Percussion).

Special guests: Massimo Laguardia – Frame Drums, Vocals / Enzo Rao – Violin, Oud / Seby Burgio – Piano, Keyboards.

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World Music/Contemporary



Eric Van Monckhoven
+39 3312068969

Italian World Music ambassadors are back on the road with a new album



Agricantus, the historic Italian World Music ambassadors, are back on the road with a new album. It seems they have never been so good. "Akoustikòs - Vol.1" is packed with a rich harvest.   


In the end of the 1980s, the music industry discovered that southern Italy had some wonderful productions to offer to the world. Hailing from Sicily, Agricantus made their name in Europe blending Sicilian traditional themes with contemporary styles such as ambient and trance, before swiftly adding Arabic and North African influences to their Mediterranean melting pot. 


In two decades, the band released no less than 12 adventurous albumsTheir new project "Akoustikos - Vol.1" is showing the band at a new top. Thanks also to the new arrival, the amazing Anita Vitale on voice and piano. 

Check the teaser video



Dispatch Details

Release Format: Album
Release Type: Digital & Physical
Country: Italy
Record Label: CNI Music
Release Title: Akoustikòs Vol.1
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