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Bergamo, Italy (1990 – present)

Arpioni is a musical collective formed by more than ten person, formed in 1990 in Bergamo, Italy.

They began playing live shows in many clubs, becoming well known in the Italian ska scene. In ‘93 they took part in the first Italian ska compilation Skandalo al sole. In ‘95 they produce their first CD Palagi, after several shows begins the partnership with Gridalo Forte, famous independent label from Rome, that decide to produce three years later In mezzo ai guai, second album of the band.

In ‘99 Laurel Aitken, also known as The Godfather of Ska, wants them as band for his Italian tour and during that summer they record their third CD Un Mondo in Levare, produced by Kaki Arkarazo, appreciated sound engeneer that worked also with Manu Chao, Amparanoia, Fermin Muguruza.
In September ‘01 come out the fourth album Buona Mista Social Ska, a collection of Italian traditional songs played in their peculiar ska style.

In may ‘05 the last release Malacabeza (Alternative Produzioni), distributed also in Germany by Mad Butcher. The album is characterised by a wide variety of musical styles, from trad ska of course, to Latin and Italian traditional songs ska revisited. In the album there are a lot of important features, like Tonino Carotone (the famous singer from Pamplona with who they also tour in Italy), Roy Paci (the explosive Manu Chao’s trumpet in Radio Bemba Sound System) and many others.


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