‘A67 formed as a natural, visceral response to a difficult social condition, witness to the magma of pulsions, events and hardships which characterise Scampia, the rione (neighbourhood) in the northern outskirts of Naples from where the bands hails. Scampia is better known as la sessantasette (the ’67), a reference to the public building law n.167 which, in the 1970s, was responsible for the horrendous concrete conglomerate which is Scampia today – a drugs supermarket devoid of shops and basic services and bleak backdrop to the ongoing turf wars between rival gangs of the omnipresent camorra (the Neapolitan version of Sicily’s mafia, the former being far more notorious both for the reach of its economic empire and bloody tactics).
From this degraded situation – but above all from the hopes for the redemption of their rione – rises ‘A67’s debut offering, “’A camorra song’io” (“I am the camorra”, Polosud, 2005), a disc which got the music media humming their praises and attracted a general media following in Italy and abroad. A concept album with sounds that can be traced to the historic, funk movement called “Naples Power” and lyrics in Neapolitan dialect to depict local reality. A powerful first offering that features guest musicians and whose tracks have, and continue to be, chosen for the musical soundtracks of various films, short films and television services. Hundreds of concerts in the past two years and a growing pile of awards.
To date, ‘A67 has produced two video clips: “‘A67”, an ironic take on the clan wars, involving local primary school kids whose designs feature in the video-cartoon, and “Voglie Parlà” (“I want to speak”), made together with Amnesty International, it speaks of the wall of omertà (the mafia code of silence) and enforced isolation of global peripheries, weaving in images of infamous walls: between Israel and Palestine, in Berlin and Belfast, dividing Mexico and the United States.
Supporting human rights efforts is high on ‘A67’s agenda, the group’s creative talent continuing to filter into parallel projects, collaborating with diverse artists and realities.
The new “SUBURB” (Edel 2008) is a concept-album dedicated to the world’s suburbs: mediterranean crossover-rock features many guests (musicians and authors) from Italy, India, Brasil, Marseille and Istanbul.
Daniele Sanzone (Vocals)
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