Riturnella 2014


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- australian 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.This has been released independantly in  March 2014. The cd is available on this site or through Readings Books and Music in Melbourne.

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)



"I've really enjoyed listening to your album over the past couple of weeks.

It shows the universality of music - you don't have to understand the words to be moved"

Jeff Jenkins InPress magazine


"The record is really good,  and it is so nice to hear the actual quality of your singing captured on disc, so well. " DOUG SPENCER Weekend Planet  ABC Radio National


"It's got veracious, intense and old/new flavours (like a very good coffee)" Pino Lamberti IL GLOBO

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