The Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare was founded in 1970 with the aim of spread ancient traditional music from Campania region. The great success they achieved at the Festival di Spoleto in 1972 and 1974 enabled them to become well-known at international level. The group then started an intense theatrical activity, through the promotion and the participation in many different shows such as: La Cantata dei pastori, La canzone di Zeza, La Gatta Cenerentola, La Perla Reale, Sona sona… This is the reason why Eduardo de Filippo wanted them as guests in his theatre, the famous San Ferdinando in Naples. To celebrate their 50-year career, the Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare released the double album 50 anni in buona compagnia, hence the name of the show which has been presented in several Italian cities. Their subsequent album is Napoli 1534. Tra moresche e villanelle, critically acclaimed in Italy and abroad and awarded the Premio Tenco. This is the last album intended and directed by the late Corrado Sfogli, the Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare artistic director.
Fausta Vetere: vocals, guitar;
Gianni Lamagna: vocals;
Carmine Bruno: percussion, frame drum, tammorra;
Marino Sorrentino: accordion, trumpet, flute;
Michele Signore: violin, mandocello, lira pontiaca;
Pasquale Ziccardi: vocals, bass guitar;
Umberto Maisto: classical guitar, bouzouki, mandolin.