With the release of the album Gnanzù! (1993) and the EP Viaggiari (1995), the band formed in 1979 began revisiting the melodies and lyrics of the oral traditions of Southern Italy and mixing them with ambient music and electronic influences. The 1996 release Tuareg, one of the band’s most representative works, brought Agricantus widespread success in Italy and Europe.
Tuareg was awarded the prestigious Targa Tenco 1996 for best album in dialect and charted 6th on the World Music Charts Europe. In 1997 Agricantus won the Italian Music Award, PIM and performed the soundtrack to the movie Hamam – Il Bagno Turco, winner of the Golden Globe. The same year also saw the publication of HaleBopp Souvenir, a mini-album realised with the participation of Fadimata Wallet Oumar, spokeswoman of the most authentic Tuareg culture. In 1998 Agricantus publish Kaleidos, an album in which the band undertakes an ideal journey in search of the popular roots of classical music, mixing classical compositions inspired by popular music with archaic tools and modern technology.
Also in 1998, the band was involved in the soundtrack to the film I Giardini dell’Eden; in 1999 the album Best of Agricantus was published in the United States and distributed in Canada, South America, Australia and Japan. In only a few weeks, this album scaled the peaks of American and Australian campus radio charts. The same year, the band released Faiddi featuring a collection of reinterpretations of songs from their live repertoire. In 2000 the group competed the soundtrack to Pasquale Scimeca’s film Placido Rizzotto. In February 2001 Agricantus published Ethnosphere, a musical journey through Tibet and the Mediterranean describing landscapes of light and shade, day and night, introspection and extroversion, inspired by Eastern philosophies. February 2002 saw the release of Jamila, a single produced as a collaboration between Agricantus and the guitarist Francesco Bruno. From 2001 Agricantus began working with the French label “George V Records” which lead to the inclusion of “Hala Hala” on Nirvana Lounge (2001), “Amatevi” on Buddha Bar IV (2002) (the first Italian song featured by this collection), and “Orbi Terrarum” on Siddhartha vol 1 (2003).
This collaboration also led to a live concert by Agricantus and DJ Ravin and the group’s participation in prestigious international festivals such as “Roma incontra il mondo – 2003”, “Ville Tuscolane Festival – 2005”, “Palermo Kals’Art 2005”. Agricantus has performed concerts in various countries around the world and as a guest at such international festivals as “Le Printemps de Bourges”, “Arezzo Wave,” “The Europennes nuit” in Strasbourg, “Womad” and “International Festival of Tunis – Medina”. Agricantus has had several lineups, from 1979 to 2008, the year the band went on hiatus for a few years. Their artistic journey resumed in 2013 with the release of the single “Omini”, produced by CNI, Blob, Lega Ambiente. The single was followed in 2014 by the full-length albumTurnari.