NCCP – Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare
The NCCP represents the most important group in the Neapolitan song’s history. They are admired worldwide, and like ambassadors of this musical genre they play the most widespread and loved songs around the world. Nowadays the group is leaded by two of the most historic members, Fausta Vetere and Corrado Sfogli and they continue to play an extraordinary repertoire, from the most famous successes like “Tammuriata Nera” to the most known Neapolitan songs, all played with an unique style. The NCCP born in the late 60’s from Neapolitan musicians Eugenio Bennato, Carlo D’Angiò, Roberto De Simone and Giovanni Mauriello, Peppe Barra, Patrizio Trampetti, Fausta Vetere and Nunzio Areni. In the 1972 the group met Renato Marengo, who has been their producer until the 1976, and with him they released 5 important albums. They began to be the protagonists of the so-called Naples Power with Pino Daniele, Tony Esposito, Tullio De Piscopo, James Senese and many others, in the Italian and International world music. The group has always proposed the Neapolitan folk music with its own style, and they have started their national and international success with their participation at the Festival of Spoleto in the 1972 and in the 1974. Since then, they took part in the most important festivals in Europe and all around the world.
In the late 70’s some group members decided to start solo careers, even though the NCCP went on with their tours.
In the 1992, the NCCP released their album called “Medina” and with this success, they arrived to the Festival of Sanremo, where they won the Critics Award with the song “Pè Dispietto”.
In the 1995, they came back to the scenes with their album Tzigari, and after just one year, they released InCanto Acustico, a collection of their performances during their tour in the 1996. Unfortunately, on the same year Giovanni Mauriello leaves the group.
In the 1998, they released “Pesce d’ ‘o mare” through which they managed to return to the Festival of Sanremo with a new voice, Gianni Lamagna. The song is an ensemble of other artists like Angelo Branduardi, ‘o Zulù (from the band 99 Posse) and Marcello Colasurdo.
In the 2001, the NCCP produced “La voce del grano”, a new album that is a mix of Neapolitan and Mediterranean sounds which leads the group in a world tour. In the 2005, the NCCP released their last album, called “Candelora”.
From the 2009 until today, the NCCP keeps going to take the most important stages around the world.
From the 26th of November 2015 to the 4th of January they performed with Tullio De Piscopo for 10 dates, in a tour which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Neapolitan percussionist career.
On October 14th, NCCP published a brand new double album called “50 Anni in Buona Compagnia” (FoxBand). The first part contains 12 unreleased tracks, while the second 12 classics of the past, revisited for the anniversary with special guests, such as Eugenio Bennato, Tullio De Piscopo and the late Carlo D’Angiò, one of the founders of the NCCP, in the touching song “Madonna de la grazia”.
On 29 November, NCCP started their tour in the most important Italian cities. An event through which they presented for the first time live the new double album, sharing the stage with special guests like Osanna, an historical band of prog rock.
The NCCP – Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare will continue its own path with their tour throughout 2017, bringing the “50 Anni in Buona Compagnia” around Italy and abroad.