Continente Nero (LP)

Continente Nero (LP)

Piero Umiliani
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Ltd. 500 copies, remastered from the original analogue master tapes. Audiophile pressing. Perfect replica of the original packaging (with additional translated liner notes and OBI) and newly remastered for optimal sound.** Released via the Omicron label in 1975, three years after AfricaContinente Nero is the perfect flip side of an album that significantly expanded Piero Umiliani’s music perspectives, incorporating partially explored rhythmic variations already used in records such as Percussioni ed Effetti Speciali and To-Day’s Sound or experimenting new solutions that drew from a musical heritage little known at the time such as the African one.

Without bothering with the usual alias M. Zalla, Umiliani reveal his birth name and surname for a second foray into a territory that pays homage to an entire continent. And it does so by taking inspiration not only from a tradition that starts from the divine Fela Kuti and reaches the amateur and field recordings by musicologists such as David Toop, invaluable documents of an artistic heritage still today almost impossible to map in its complexity, but also from the Afro-American jazz history by Art Ensemble of ChicagoJohn ColtraneMax Roach and hundreds of others.

It sounds clear in tracks such as Nuovi FermentiRivoluzionariRiscossa or Ultimo Stregone that show Umiliani’s extraordinary ability to grab a distant tradition essential traits and put them effortlessly into a personal imaginary world, as much exciting as the original one. (Stefano Gilardino)


A1. Rivoluzionari
A2. Nel Villaggio
A3. Nuove Realta'
A4. Antiche Tradizioni
A5. Nuovi Fermenti
A6. Sole Percussioni
A7. Piffero Africano
A8. Continente Nero

B1. Riscossa
B2. Ultimo Stregone
B3. Continente Nero 
B4. Preparativi
B5. Oasi
B6. Tribalismo
B7. Giorno Di Mercato
B8. Flauto Africano