Eugenio Bennato is one of the most prolific singer, composer, songwriter in Italy. His creativity ranges from folk music to contemporary operas, to music for film, theater and television.
He founded Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare in 1969, the first and most important ethnic group in Southern Italy. The NCCP was discovered by the biggest neapolitan artist Eduardo De Filippo, who presented them through his theatre, and after their debut at the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto (1972) the group started their tour with great success in Italy and abroad (France, England, Germany, Yugoslavia, USSR, Argentina, etc.)
In 1976 Bennato created with Carlo D’Angiò MUSICANOVA and began an independent career as composer, referring heavily to the popular style. He released lots of successful albums, including “Brigante se more” in 1979 a song still very popular.
He wrote numerous soundtracks for cinema, theatre and classical ballet as “L’eredità della priora” by A.G.Majano (1980); “Don Quixote” by Maurizio Scaparro (1984) and “Cavalli si nasce” by Sergio Staino for which he received the most prestigious recognition in Italy for soundtrack composition, the Nastro d’Argento (1988 and 1999).
His overseas activity continued in 2000-2001 in Morocco, Tunisia, Australia, Canada, U.S.A., Argentina, Spain, France and Algeria.
Eugenio released in June 2002 the new album “Let the Mediterranean be”, an artistic journey that has extended the idea of Italian ethnic music to a Mediterranean horizon. In the meanwhile, the concert season goes on being enriched by new and important stages all over the world.
In 2011 he released his last recording work “Questione meridionale” and now he wants to bring on stage his new project called “Canzoni di contrabbando”.