Raiz was born in Naples, Italy and has become a popular singer in the Mediterranean music scene. He loves Mediterranean and reggae/dub music. Raiz is the lead vocalist for Almamegretta, an Italian collective of ethnodub/electronica music since its founding.
In 2002 Raiz started his solo career. Since then, he’s worked at WOP (Universal 2004), at “Uno” (Universal 2007) and “YA!”. He’s also recorded two albums with Ashes, the project by Eraldo Bernocchi / Bill Laswell. Raiz collaborated with the Venetian combo Laboratorio Novamusica on the album “Alphabet Music”, a meeting between contemporary music and Jewish music.
In 2011 I released the album “Casa” with the Bari band Radicanto. Raiz won the Tenco Prize in 2015 for the album “DagoRed” realized together with Fausto Mesolella, guitarist and producer for Avion Travel.
Raiz has collaborated with many artists during his solo career including Massive Attack, Leftfield, Pino Daniele, Adrian Sherwood, Gaudi, Eraldo Bernocchi, Bill Laswell, Stewart Copeland, Meditronica, Sum, Teresa De Sio, Luigi Cinque and Zion Train.
Raiz likes reading, writing and acting. From 2001 to 2005 Raiz was on tour with Cantieri Teatrali Koreja as an actor in their show “Brecht’s Dance” – original music by Kurt Weill revisited by me and Pier Paolo Polcari. Raiz stars as Moreno in the film by Ago Panini “Waiting for the Sun” – on movie screens since 2008. He also appears as Salvatore Vitiello in “Tatanka Scatenato” by Giuseppe Gagliardi and myself in the docufilm by John Turturro on the Neapolitan song “Passione”.
photo: from Artist’s Website raizmusic.com
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