Anna Cinzia Villani She is called the Salento’s voice.
Singer, musician and a creator of projects which fall in the general framework part of the revival of the traditions of Southern Italy. Anna Cinzia Villani can link the breath of her ancient land with the contemporary musical idioms, revealing the possibility of a balanced synthesis between tradition and modernity.
As a singer who has been performing for more of twenty years, she has been supported by continuous research and knowledge of styles, along with methods from master singers and dancers. In Anna Villani’s beliefs, it is important to not lose typical traits of singing, which are the core musical characteristics of this land, like the rhythm of the “Tamburreddhu” (tambourine from the Salento).
After numerous collaborations, she begins her soloist career in 2008 with Ninnamorella (AnimaMundi / Afq), appreciated by critics for the “depth of the approach. She has an atavistic voice of impressive power and of overwhelming maturity, […] a treasure unveiled.” Guido Festinese wrote on Alias (poster music insert) of May 30, 2009. The album had extensive success in Italy and abroad and has been programmed by several national radio stations (Radio Rai 3, Popular Radio, Radio Shock Wave, etc.) and foreign (BBC Radio 3 -England -, Radio Vancouver – Canada -, etc.). On March 2012 is instead the second album «Fimmana, mare and focu! » (AnimaMundi), selected by the Puglia Sounds commission, in reference to the regional called “Recording”, to be supported in the promotion activity.
Recently Anna Cinzia started an artistic collaboration with Nidi d’Arac,
In “Canti di donne terra e sale” you can find the artist who plays different instruments such as the accordion or “Tamburreddhu”, but also more unusual percussions, (castagnola, triangle and ‘violin of the poor’), to tell about the complex figure of woman.
The newest production (November 2016) is the single “Ulia”, composed by her as singer and author, narrating about the problems that characterize the ‘artist’s life’ today with an ancient and ironic language. « Ulìa » is now a live show in which the ancient dance of “Pizzica pizzica” meets Capoeira, thanks to the presence of Mestre Canhao, whom is based in the Salento.