Made in napoli

A journey inside the Neomelodic, a music wich exists only in the city on Naples, Italy, where the local singer are worshipped as idol but their fame hardly goes beyond the outskirt of the city.Everybody wants to be a singer and often you can find 7/8 years old kids who are professional singers.

“There are more recording studios than pizzerias in Naples” is what you can hear when you ask to someone about music in the city of Parthenope.

During the 80’s a new musical genre was born in Naples: Neomelodic, a synths-pop melodramatic music, a strange mix of traditional neapolitan music and modern globalized pop. You can hear it in every corner of the city and its surroundings spreading out from windows and carsright on the road.

Although geographically limited, neomelodic industry is a business of 200 million of euros per year completely independent from the logic and interests of the main music national labels. If you want to emerge as a singer in a very competitive scenario, you have to pay from 1000 to 3000 euros per months to have your video daily broadcasted on the local tv.

However everybody in Naples wants to be a singer, especially the youngest, therefore there are hundres of “amateur” singers who are satisfied with recording a disc for few thousands of euro and sometimes attending at local tv shows where, for 100 euros, you can perform your songs and let the people in your neighborhood praise you.

The main celebrity of the scenes, worshipped as superstars, release new videos –with millions of visualizations - and attend to local tv shows during the winter in order to promote theirself waiting for the summer to come: this is the season when most of the baptism, marriage and celebrations happened, and if you want your favorite singer at you party you must be ready to pay thousands of euro for a 40 minutes performance.

One of the pecularities of the neomelodic music is that lyrics of the songs are authenthic, close to the life of the audience, and even inspired by some real events.

Sometimes they speak about trouble with law or criminal affiliation, but majority of the songs are about hertbreaks, infidelity, passional, irresistible and erotic love affair or depict the characteristic of the neapolitan urban context: the dynamics and values of the tiny alleys neighborhood where people live in “i bassi” - small houses of one or two rooms on the ground floor with direct access to the street.

The succes and the popularity of a singer in Naples is mainly based on the autenticity of their performances, their messagge and the accessibility: they are not unattainable. Fans can find easily their phone number to contact them or their manager on their videos and often everybody knows where they live.

While all the teenagers of the world are listening Beyonce, in Naples a 13 years old girl prefer to listen Emiliana Cantone because she can understand her language – they even speak the same dialect - she can even call her while she’s at the local tv trasmission and ask to dedicate her a song, or she can call her to perform at this birthday party and sing together her favourite song and taking the hundredth picture with her.

Can you have all of this from Beyonce?

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Luigi Russo, 17 years old, gets a tan in Giugliano in Campania before the performance at "Ciao TV" , a local Tv in the outskirt of Naples.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - Sasy Reccia in the studio of "Ciao TV", In local Tvs, singers can perform for a hundred euro.
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Sasy Reccia in the studio of "Ciao TV", In local Tvs, singers can perform for a hundred euro.

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Emiliana Cantone, takes a picture of her fans at a restaurant in Casalnuovo. Here she often organizes a meeting with her closest followers.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - Luciano Ferrara, 8 years old, during his performance at Ciao Tv.
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Luciano Ferrara, 8 years old, during his performance at Ciao Tv.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - A group of young fans during the concert for the Epiphany at Piazza Mercato, Naples.
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A group of young fans during the concert for the Epiphany at Piazza Mercato, Naples.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - Tony Arca performs in a serenade the night before the wedding of the young couple.
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Tony Arca performs in a serenade the night before the wedding of the young couple.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - Luciano Ferrara rested after the performance.
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Luciano Ferrara rested after the performance.

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Guests at a wedding at Grand Hotel La Sonrisa, Sant' Antonio Abate, one of the most popular venues for birthday parties, communion and baptism.

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Guests dancing at a wedding at Grand Hotel La Sonrisa, Sant'Antonio Abate, one of the most popular venues for birthday parties, communion and baptism.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - Anthony let the young bride sing the chorus of one of her favourite song.
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Anthony let the young bride sing the chorus of one of her favourite song.

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A guest poses in the hall of Grand Hotel La Sonrisa, below the photo of Mario Merola, an old and ery famous neomelodic singer.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - Luciano Ferrara, 8 years old, in the living room of his house in Frignano.
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Luciano Ferrara, 8 years old, in the living room of his house in Frignano.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - Angelo Ferrara, Luciano's manager, prepares his son's haistyle inside the beauty salon he runs in Frignano.
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Angelo Ferrara, Luciano's manager, prepares his son's haistyle inside the beauty salon he runs in Frignano.

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"The Dorians" perform during the tv show "Canzoni a Villa Cupido". The member of the band are Gianni Doria,42 ,and his sons Eman Doria, 9 years old, Ivan, 19, and Leon,17.

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The Doria family poses at their home. From the left, Ivan Doria, 17,Gianni Doria, 42, Eman Doria, 9, Maria Doria, 62 - mother of Gianni. All of them are singers

© Camillo Pasquarelli - Eman Doria, 9 years old, poses at his home in Casalnuovo.
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Eman Doria, 9 years old, poses at his home in Casalnuovo.

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Emiliana Cantone, Alessio and Tony Colombo during the shooting of the video "Acaricia mi cuerpo" in the city center of Naples.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - The enthusiastic audience during Nancy's concert at the beach resort "Lido La Favorita", Castel Volturno.
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The enthusiastic audience during Nancy's concert at the beach resort "Lido La Favorita", Castel Volturno.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - Nancy Coppola greets her fans after having performed at the beach resort "Lido La Favorita", Castel Volturno.
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Nancy Coppola greets her fans after having performed at the beach resort "Lido La Favorita", Castel Volturno.

© Camillo Pasquarelli - A poster of Tony Colombo's new record in Afragola.
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A poster of Tony Colombo's new record in Afragola.

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