Like Buena Vista Social Club before it, La Musica Della Mafia sheds light on a traditional folk music that until now, went highly unnoticed by the masses.

Like Buena Vista Social Club before it, La Musica Della Mafia sheds light on a traditional folk music that until now, went highly unnoticed by the masses. In this case, it is Il Canto di Malavita, or "the songs of a life of crime"—specifically, music created by and for the Calabrian Mafia. Except for Italy, where it remains without a label to call home, this disc has taken on a life all its own throughout much of Europe since streeting two years ago. Featuring songs heard during annual festivals—and primarily penned by incarcerated "family" members—La Musica Della Mafia is joyous, romantic, melancholic, and provocative. Kudos to Calabrian band leader Mimmo Siclari for introducing and sharing these original folk recordings, as well as vocalists and musicians (accordion and batente guitar, among other instruments), with the rest of the world.—MP