This is the story how I had to go to London to find a doozy piece of Italy...
FINDING A PIECE OF ITALY - IN LONDON
DISCOVERING RUMBA DE BODAS
Born around 2007-2008 when they were still in high school, the band came together from the passion for music they founders shared, once they got organized, they started jamming and playing the odd show locally.
As we all know, practice makes perfect so the band kept going, performing at small gigs in their main town of Bologna.
Then, in the past 3 years since Guido their sax player who lives in England, found them gigs in the UK, they improved tremendously. This resulted in a number of tours around England and most recently Scotland, playing at world famous festivals like Boom Town and the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.
The New Album: Karnaval Fou
Recorded in April 2014, Rumba de Bodas' new album contains 9 tracks. The album was born from the creativity of the whole band. Speaking to Elia Conti, the band's brass player he explains how "each band member brings an idea to the table for everyone to brainstorm and add their individual contribution"
Some of these pieces were already written during the previous year even played during the tour. They have also being lucky with the studio as they managed to transfer recording studio in its full function to the place where they were jamming, which is an old barn of a house in the hills near Bologna where the band's drummer and base guitarist live.
This great location has given them the chance to jam and record in freedom at any time of day and night and has also contributed to create a good atmosphere for the band, the sound team and all who were involved in order to enjoy the experience.
The name Rumba de Bodas, which means Wedding's Rumba, is a name born spontaneously thinking of Rumba as a type of music with a rhythm that is fun, moving, and which reminds you of Carnival.
The term wedding is used as a sense of marrying different genres as well as being a social occasion and this is the drive behind the music they play. Their performances are always looking to involved the audience, to make you feel their music.
When they went on tour last summer, they left for the UK already with the idea in mind to find some good locations to shoot for the video.
They left with their friend Caterina Salvadori, an emerging film maker, who followed them around. The first stop in the tour was the Kelburn Garden Party near Glasgow, in Scotland where they performed with a circus as well as doing their own shows. After a week, the circus left and they were left in this idyllic location that featured a castle, woods, waterfalls etc, and shooting the video for Sweet Crazy Sunshine here was a natural thought.
Upon contacting the castle's owner, the Earl of Glasgow, they were granted access to shoot not only in the grounds and gardens but also inside the castle itself.
So, we have this gorgeous result that not only is perfect for the song, but also reminds me of the filmPan's Labyrinth.
Does the title sound strange? Well, that's exactly what happened. A couple of months ago, I was doing some research on an article which has nothing to do with Italy, nor with music. It was in fact, the article that spoke about tea, and I was looking for a video related to that, when I came across a YouTube clip whose soundtrack got my head nodding to the rhythm.
I kept wondering so much about the music in the video that I forgot the main reason I was watching the video, so I digressed and looked up who was the band performing. They were called Rumba de Bodas.
I thought to myself: "Hmm a name like that, they must be Spanish or South American".
I looked them up on google, only to discover that they were not from Spain nor from any Latin American country.
They were from Italy, from a region called Emilia Romagna.
This weekend sees the official launch of Karnaval Fou, and because Rumba de Bodas wants to keep the tradition of making great music, the official party which will be the equivalent of a Autumn's Carnival is held at the Estragon Club in Bologna, Italy. For the official Facebook Event click here. The entry is free, so if you happen to be in Italy, and around Bologna, this is an event not to miss.
Album Launch - December 6th 2014
Where to find Rumba de Bodas?
Put quite simply, you can find them in a square near you....Rumba de Bodas, until their next tour, are performing around public squares in various Italian regions.
The streets is where they were born, where they learn showmanship and where they can be in contact with the public the most so that their audience can enjoy music as much as they are.
And if you want to listen to their new album, you can either find them on YouTube, you can find them on their Facebook page and you can download the album from their website too.
Photo credits: All photos are of propriety of Rumba de Bodas.