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Maria Mazzotta - Amoreamaro


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  • country:Italy
  • style(s):World
  • label:not signed
  • type:Duo, Trio
  • artist posted by:Zero Nove Nove

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  • Maria Mazzotta (voice)


An intense and passionate reflection, from a female point of view, on the various faces of love: from the biggest love to the most desperate and very tender one, and from the type that becomes unhealthy to the one that is possessive and abusive. This is “Amoreamaro” (Bitter Love), the album by Maria Mazzotta, she has gone on to become one of the most appreciated voices on the European world music scene.

Maria Mazzotta, despite the pandemic situation, during the 2020/22 performed more than 120 dates in more than 20 different European countries. She performing in prestigious venues and festivals: from the Theater de Ville in Paris to the National Opera and Ballet in Skopje for the OFFest, from the Womex 2021 in Porto to the Kulturhaus ORF in Wien, from the Müpa in Budapest to La Citè de la Musique in Marseille, Viljandi Folk Festival in Estonia, Radio France Festival in Montpellier, Folk Holidays in the Czech Republic, FITS in Romania, Todo Mundo in Serbia, etc.

The album was released in January 2020 by Agualoca Records and with this album Maria Mazzotta meeting great acclaim by the audience and by the critics. With Amoreamaro, Maria Mazzotta is a finalist for the Targa Tenco in the "best performer" category, in the Top10 of the best albums of 2020 for Transglobal World Music Chart and World Music Chart Europe, international critics prize at the Premio Parodi, selected for Womex 2021 (Portugal), International Kulturbörse in Freiburg (Germany), Fira Mediterrània de Manresa 2020 (Spain) and MusicConnect (Italy); finalist for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik (Germany) and for the FolkHerbst (Germany).

Ten tracks in all, two of which are unpublished, that fearlessly pass through all the emotions that this feeling can arouse, with the song as a vehicle for catharsis, consolation, strength, and as a “cure”, which is so very typical of popular tradition. They range from little ditties to traditional songs rearranged and enriched with new sounds and words, up to the milestones that paved the way of the great Italian song like “Lu pisci Spada” (“The Swordfish”) by Domenico Modugno, “Tu non mi piaci più” (“I Don't Like You Anymore”) made successful by Gabriella Ferri, and “Rosa canta e cunta” (“Rosa Sings and Recounts”) by the great Sicilian singer-songwriter Rosa Balistreri.

But the heart of the album can be found in the two unpublished works sung in the dialect of the Salento area: “Nu me lassare” (“Don't Leave Me”), a painful ballad dedicated to love, an imploring lament to those who no longer exist; and the title track “Amoreamaro” - in the pizzica music style, which is also a dance - there is a rhythm traditionally played for healing the “tarantolate” (women who were supposedly bitten by a tarantula spider which was once thought to cause a form of hysteric behavior) which ideally aims to heal a sick world.


Maria Mazzotta