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PRAISE for RITURNELLA "Kavisha's new album of centuries-old Italian folk songs is a beautiful thing to hear - a great vehicle for these songs of the heart that have stood the test of time. She plays guitar, mandolin and accordion and the spare production lets her voice naturally shine." Lucky Oceans ,ABC  Radio National Weekly Planet.

“Riturnella is a beautiful collection of Italian folk songs from the 1400s onwards. These songs of love and loss from all over Italy are rendered starkly and exquisitely with Kavisha accompanying herself with some very fine guitar and mandolin work.” Paul Barr, Readings Books and Music Magazine

"Con Riturnella, Kavisha ha realizzato un omaggio alle sue tradizionali radici con un’opera sensuale e risolutiva,  sulle cui fondamenta ha sviluppato la sua personalità di cantante, scrittrice e musicista."Pino Lamberti ,Il Globo.


See Interview here with Jeff Jenkins from Rythms Magazine


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                          TOUR DATES

April 13th  Palm Sunday Rally and March  Melbourne

April 16th CERES organic Market 9am-12midday(free)

April 25-27th   Empty Sky Meditation at the Concious Living Festival Melbourne Showgrounds VIC (Day pass entry fee$16 but the meditation is free.)

MAY 3rd  7.30pm  Newcastle Folk Club NSW

MAY 4th 6pm Djangos Bar Marrickville,Sydney NSW

MAY 12th Woodcock Lecture Deacon Edge Federation Sq, VIC

MAY 15-18th Rhythmsong music camp, Jarrahdale WA

JUNE 13 Riturnella Launch at Boite World Music Cafe Box Hill VIC

JUNE 25th - JULY 14th  Musician in Residence, Fremantle WA (concerts and workshops  to be announced)

  1. Fammi Restari (Sicily 1600s)
  2. Riturnella (Calabria 1800s)
  3. Ricciulina (Campania 1700s)


Riturnella is a celebration of the italian folk tradition. it was produced and engineered  by Belfast Poet and songwriter Andy White at The Growlery, with Kavisha playing her little spanish nylon string guitar in the classic folk style .the music is authentic,and unnadorned... Kavisha is also playing mandolin, gnnachere (neopolitan castenets) and singing harmonies.

Artist Joe Malinaggi has  collaborated with Kavisha to make the CD cover artwork which comes complete with english translations and maps of the regions where the songs originate.The Italian and dialect words of the songs with guitar chords can be found here .(see Riturnella Lyrics)

Kavisha says "These  heartbreakingly beautiful songs are little gems in the Italian folk  treasury.I have always wanted to do this album.It's the culmination of 30 years of study of these amazing songs."I also want to make  a homage to the great Neopolitan folk singer and song collector Roberto Murolo.

The songs range historically from the 1400s-1900s are mostly songs of love, longing  and betrayal from the south of Italy .They include the regions of Sicily,Campania Puglia and Calabria with a wonderful funeral lament from Abbruzzi and an antiwar song from Piedmont. Kavisha was first introduced to the italian folk tradition by sicilian ausralian mask maker and theatre maker Gianni Margio and consequently learnt these songs from people she met as well as listening to old cassettes and recordings.

Growing up in Australia ,she heard alot of italian music in the family setting but didn't really embrace the music until she was a young adult seeking to understand her heritage .She formed I Papaveri with Antonio Mazzella and Gianni Margio which lead to her meeting an important goup of italian migrant women in Fremantle that would change her life and play a big part in her learning.

Through this passion and learning of these old songs ,she founded two significant italian womens community choirs,"The Joys Of the Women" in Fremantle WA in 1989 which was documented in the 1993 award winning documentary film by Franco Di Chiera .In 1993 she left Fremantle for Melbourne and in 1995 founded  La Voce Della Luna  directing them til 2013. .She was awarded  the "Italia nel Mondo "Award  in 2000 in recognition of her contribution towards the promotion of italian culture in Australia through forming of the womens choirs..

Encouraged by the demand for an italian folk cd by her fans, Kavisha has finally made Riturnella- 13 songs of Love and Betrayal from the 1400s to the 1900s. This intimate album continues in the tradition of the italian cantautori (singersongwriters) who have paid respects to thier roots by going back to the italian folk tradition and recording fresh interpretations.

The 13 songs of Love and Betrayal  are;

1.*Fammi Restari,(Sicily1600s)(Youtube version)
2.Sento Il Fischio(Piedmont 1930s)
3.Riturnella (Calabria 1800s)
4.Nova Gelosia (Campania 1700s)
5.Scura Maie(Abbruzzi1800)
6.E tra Lla Lleru(Sicily 1800s)
7.Ricciulina(Campania 1600s)
9.Mi Votu Mi Rivotu(Sicily1800s)
10.Maremma Amara(Toscana1800s)
12.L'America (Puglia 1800s)
13.Vurria Addeventare (Puglia1600s)

 BIOGRAPHY of  Kavisha Mazzella AM

Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha's original song's lyrical ingredients include humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. Combine this prowess with the voice of an angel and you have the experience of a Kavisha concert. Singing in English , Italian and other languages, she will take you on an uplifting boundary riding journey of well-crafted  stories and songs ringing with echoes of Celtic, Fado and Gypsy influences that will strike a resounding chord within.

 Passioniate about social justice,she was awarded an Order Of Australia in 2011 for her services to singing songwriting and reflecting the experiences of aboriginal,refugee and multicultural communities through her performances.Based in Melbourne Australia,she continues to perform  her original songs and share her love of italian folk music at numerous national and international music and arts festivals .

Kavisha's music

Mermaids in the Well (1995 ) itunes

Under the loving guidance and musical arrangements of Lee Buddle (Crank Recording, Perth West Australia) and John Reed, this album took 5 years to make! It was released in 1995 Featuring INVISIBLE INDIVISIBLE & CLOUDS OF GLORY.

Fisherman's Daughter - ARIA WINNER (1998). itunes

Kavisha collaborated with one of Australia's best loved singer-songwriters Michael Thomas ( ex-Weddings, Parties, Anything) to create " Fisherman's Daughter".The album won the 1998 ARIA award for the best Traditional/Folk/ World music album of the year. One of the album's songs "Big Blue Above" was chosen for Australian t.v series Seachange. Features BIG BLUE ABOVE & GYPSY SONG.

Canberra Cork Calgary...live (2000)itunes

Live recordings of Kavisha solo tour in Ireland,Canada and Australia.(CDs sold out, but you can purchase on itunes))

Silver Hook Tango (2003 ) ARIA nominee. itunes

"Kavisha Mazzella, one of the brightest stars on the Australian folk scene, has produced a beauty with her fourth and latest enstallment "Silver Hook Tango." Taking the masterstroke perfect musical settings to accompany her dreamy poetic word pictures. Mazzella's beautiful singing works so well with Gerry O'Beirne's ravishing impressionistic array of guitar sounds."Paul Barr, Readings Book shop Carlton Melbourne.  Features SILVER HOOK TANGO,ALL GOD"S BEGGARS & VENEZUELA

Suitcase Serenata (2010) Kavisha with I Viaggiatori.

Kavisha sings with I Viaggiatori (the travellers) who are Dave de Santi, Mark Holder-Keeping and Itrine Vela .Suitcase Serenata is made up of Italian old time tunes that are the soundtrack to Angelo Drovetti's 1924 silent movie Dall Italia All'Australia".This film discovered in the Milan Silent Film archives by Italo Australian journalist Tony Di Bolfo i.Featuring BELLA CIAO di RISAIA is availble for sale as a dvd .SHOP here

Love and Sorrow (2011). Also on itunes

Winner of National Film and Sound Archive award 2012

"Tis a musical match made in Heaven" says Tony Hillier of Kavisha's latest album. Produced by Nano Stern and recorded again at Spring Studios Prahan in Melbourne,engineered mixed by Harry Williamson this album features the wordless and beautiful " OLIVE TREE " as featured in the 2013 film Summer Suit , GECKO SONG, GETHSEMENE, AMOUR and MAGDALENA

Kavisha Set of cds

Love and Sorrow


WINNER of National Film and Sound Archive Award for best Cd release 

 of the National Folk Festival ,Easter 2011.

"ARIA award winning artist, Kavisha Mazzella, delivers another album, featuring her exemplary songwriting and singing skills. Her songs marry the rich folk music traditions of her Italian parentage, with an ability to articulate the contemporary everyday. This album produced by Chilean guitarist Nano Stern, has a sweet musicality that enhances Kavisha’s sweet,marvelous voice." Paul Barr Readings Books and Music

Love & Sorrow Kavisha Mazzella (Mazzella Music)

**** (four stars)


"Subtle multi-instrumental colouring from producer, Nano Stern allied to an exemplary sound engineering and mixing job by Harry Williamson, has helped convert a batch of characteristically well-crafted songs into Mazzella’s magnum opus. Love & Sorrow certainly has an epic sweep"  **** Tony Hillier     The Weekend Australian

Love and Sorrow