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Album Review

On their third outing, Fiamma Fumana are still mixing the ancient and very modern in their own particular fashion, but there's a definite change. The balance has tipped toward original compositions, perhaps because this particular lineup has put in extensive roadwork and gelled into a really solid unit. There are a number of guests (like Lorenzo Cherubini and MC Navigator, who rap on the opener, "Prendi L'Onda"), but they seem to be here to fulfill the group's studio vision rather than simply to add numbers. The central instrument remains Lady Jessica Lombardi's bagpipes, and her style has moved away from the more obvious Celtic overtones (however, there remain definite connections between the band's Emilia Romagna roots and Celtic music, as the ceilidh sound of "Manifesto" shows) to forge a more individual sound. More than ever, the seams between real instruments and programming, between old and new, can't be seen. What they produce here is as much dance music as anything on their first two discs, whether original or traditional, although they do catch their breath with "La Vien Giu." Transglobal Underground provide a remix of "Immagina" to end the proceedings. As a loving touch, the group includes a couple of voice samples from the late Martyn Bennett, one of the pioneers of mixing traditional and electronic music.

Customer Reviews

fiamma fumana - onda

a really excellent find (heard first on NPR radio prog) an italian band mixing folk tunes accompanied by bagpipes! forget those mawkish scottish bands - runrig, big country etc - these folk have got it right. With just one mediocre track (Manifesto) all the rest are very fine. No surprise this is in the top ten world music albums. Remember you heard it here first

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Italian act Fiamma Fumana is composed of three talents: singer Fiamma, paired with musicians Alberto and Marco. In Italian "fiamma" translates to "flame" and "fumana" to "fog" or "mist," which together, as the band states, represents the mysterious resilience of the past. Alberto, who plays the accordion, was a founding member in the Italian world music band Modern City Ramblers,...
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