Classica Orchestra Afrobeat classica orchestra afrobeat Ravenna CLASSICA ORCHESTRA AFROBEAT is an italian ensemble consisting of 13 musicians from mixed classical, baroque and jazz background. Conducted by MARCO ZANOTTI, it creates a border land that combines the sounds and expressive peculiarities of the instruments of the European classical tradition as strings, woodwinds and harpsichord with percussion, chants and African polyrhythms. The debut album SHRINE ON YOU (Brutture Moderne 2011) is a tribute to Fela Kuti, recorded with his son and heir Seun Kuti. It made a full of rave reviews both in Italy and abroad, including participation in 2013 live at the Glastonbury Festival-UK (first Italian band ever invited) and in 2014 in Perugia as a flagship event of the Festival of Radio 3RAI. Other performances to remember are Piazza del Duomo in Milan, the Baths of Caracalla in Rome with guest Seun Kuti, the New Empowering Church in London and various live performances in Radio1RAI and Radio3RAI. The second work of the band is REGARD SUR LE PASSE', an epic opera in three movements. It was recorded live at the Alighieri Opera House in Ravenna (IT) and presented in 2014 at Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica. It's a musical suite that, through the ancient sounds both European and African, recounts the exploits of the last emperor of Africa, Samory Toure. Guests of the show are two internationally renowned griot: Sekouba Bambino and Baba Sissoko. In 2017 Classica Orchestra Afrobeat presents its third work titled POLYPHONIE: a show dedicated to the greatness of nature, inspired by the breath and the millenary chants of the virgin forest. The repertoire is almost exclusively of original compositions while the lead voice is that of Cameroonian singer Njamy Sitson.