Today i start posting infos and music about one of the greatests italian musician.
The lps from 1979 to mid 80s lp contain an amazing formula that mixed black groove flava with traditional neapolitan music taste and brazilian grooves. This is only the first lp but more are coming soon! Stay tuned!

Who is Pino Daniele?
Pino Daniele is a songwriter, singer, and guitar player from Naples, Italy.
He sings in Neapolitan, Italian and English. Pino Daniele is part of a musician crew called Neapolitan power.

Photo: Neapolitan power

Long Bio:
His striking debut in the Italian music world was in 1977 with the album Terra mia, which proved to be a successful mix of Neapolitan tradition and Blues sounds. Daniele defined his music with the term “taramblu”, which indicated a mix of tarantella, blues and rumba. His lyrics also attracted critical praise: written and sung in an intenseNeapolitan , they contained strong though bitter accusations against the social injustices of Naples, as well as Italian society in general, and included melancholic personal themes. Several of the later songs are characterized by a free intermingling of English, American andNeapolitan passages.

Daniele’s talent was confirmed on the following album Pino Daniele (1979). He scored his greatest success in 1980, with Nero a metà (“Half-Black Skinned”), which was noted by some authorities as the hallmark of the rebirth ofNeapolitan song. In this period his songs were in conflict with Alberto Fortis’ songs. In that year Daniele opened the Bob Marley concert at the San Siro stadium in Milan. In 1981 Vai Mo was released. The presence of some of the most renowned musicians of the Neapolitan musical milieu, including James Senese, Enzo Avitabile, Tullio De Piscopo and Tony Esposito, as session men on his albums has also been widely praised.

In 1982 Daniele gradually shifted to a personal and early version of world music: in Bella ‘mbriana musicians such as Alphonso Johnson and Wayne Shorter appeared as guest players. In the following year Daniele held a concert in Havana, and later formed a Latin-American band featuring Juan Pablo Torres, Adalberto Lara and Nanà Vasconcelos. In (1984), the former King Crimson member Mel Collins played onDaniele’s album Musicante. Daniele’s skills in creating well-balanced blends of Mediterranean, Blues, rock, music, salsa and Neapolitan melodies are well shown in his first live work, Live Sciò of 1984.

Later Daniele collaborated with the American singer/guitarist Richie Havens on Common Ground, an album written and played together. His interest in Arabic music is emphasized on Bonne Soirée (1987), while the subsequent Schizzechea With Love (1988) was more Mediterranean-oriented. In the same year he started a collaboration withthe Italian actor and director Massimo Troisi: Daniele completed the soundtracks for Troisi’s films Le vie del Signore sono finite and Pensavo fosse amore invece era un calesse.

A certain loss of inspiration and a move to a more pop-oriented songwriting can be detected in his greatest commercial success, Mascalzone Latino (1989), a success confirmed by the following albums Un Uomo In Blues (1991) and Che Dio ti benedica (1993). The latter contains two songs produced by Chick Corea.

Non calpestare i fiori nel deserto, released in Spring 1995, is an attempt to revive inspiration through African and Ethnic influences, and sold more than 800,000 copies. The subsequent tour ended with a double date with Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.

In 2002, after a collaboration with Eros Ramazzotti, Daniele sang and toured with two other famous Italian singers, Francesco De Gregori and Fiorella Mannoia. His latest album containing previously unpublished songs is Passi d’autore of 2004.

After his divorce from Dorina Giangrande, who had sung in the chorus on Terra Mia and gave him two sons, Daniele currently lives with Fabiola Sciabbarasi. The two have a daughter, Sara, to whom Daniele dedicated an eponymous song on the album Medina.

Web infos:
mirror1 (italian)
mirror2 (english)
mirror3 (italian and english)
mirror4 (italian)
@ Discogs
@ Facebook
@ Youtube

– My favourite Albums:

1. Pino Daniele (1979)


  1. Je sto vicino a te 3:44
  2. Chi tene ‘o mare 2:47
  3. Basta na jurnata ‘e sole 3:36
  4. Je so’ pazzo 3:00
  5. Ninnanàninnanoè 4:15
  6. Chillo è nu buono guaglione 2:48
  7. Ue man! 4:44
  8. Donna Cuncetta 3:51
  9. Il mare 3:43
  10. Viento 1:35
  11. Putesse essere allero 3:44
  12. E cerca ‘e me capì’ 2:28

yes, i really, really want to listen!

2. Nero a metà (Half Black) [1980]

1. I say i’ sto ‘cca

2. Musica musica
3. Quanno chiove
4. Puozze passà nu guaio
5. Voglio di più
6. Appocundria
7. A me me piace ‘o blues
8. E so’ cuntento ‘e sta
9. Nun me scuccià
10. Alleria
11. A testa in giù
12. Sotto ‘o sole

half black pearl

3. Vai mò (1981)


  1. Che te ne fotte 3:27
  2. Yes I Know My Way 3:25
  3. Notte che se ne va 2:40
  4. Viento ‘e terra 3:26
  5. Nun ce sta piacere 3:25
  6. Sulo pe’ parlà 1:19
  7. Puorteme a casa mia 4:02
  8. Ma che ho 3:05
  9. Un giorno che non va 3:44
  10. Have You Seen My Shoes 3:00
  11. È sempe sera 1:10

..vai mò!!

4- Bella ‘mbriana (1982)


  1. Annarè 4:10
  2. Tutta ‘nata storia 4:10
  3. Bella ‘mbriana 3:26
  4. Tarumbò 3:40
  5. I Got the Blues 3:12
  6. Mo basta 3:42
  7. Io vivo come te 4:05
  8. Ma che mania 3:22
  9. Toledo 2:59
  10. E po’ che fà 4:02
  11. Maggio se ne va 2:30

enjoy… the last but not least album!

*POST last update: october 27, 2009

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