Lost Souls

Spaccanapoli, 2000

From the streets of Naples, Spaccanapoli are the inheritors of a tradition that has existed for centuries, but nurtured today by the tough life in an industrial age.

These modern protest songs from ancient roots are filled with vibrant energy, impassioned vocals and wild abandon.

For this group, politics is carnival and life's harsh realities are steeped in colour, humour and hedonism.


  • “Lost Souls is an album of amazing diversity and ancient traditions, and as such it is an album that you will keep coming back to time and again.” Wax (UK)
  • “Spaccanapoli make the most dramatic drumming entrance you’ll find this side of Ozomatli. They have taken traditional songs from the Neapolitan region and revamped them for modern tastes, passing on a working class revolutionary message from behind their wall of flute, accordion and castanets.” Revolutions Online
  • “They should find a market beyond the world music fanbase.” Music Week (UK)
  • ...heart-rending vocals... 'Monica Pinto and Marcello Colasurdo deliver heart-rending vocals, while others offer electrifying violin, piano, percussion, bass and acoustic and electric guitars. High-spirited music-of, from, and for the people!' Napra Review (USA)
  • 'In a world where international carels and cyper-networks reduce us to consumer drones... Spaccanapoli reminds us of our human roots.' Rhythm (USA)
  • '...a potent mix of harmonic revolution as explosive as Mt. Vesuvius.' Westword (USA)
  • '...a quintet of socialist rabble-rousers brimming with street savvy and a carnivalesque energy...' L.a. Weekly (USA)
  • '...such superb sound quality. The intense drums and fierce vocals of this five piece ensemble will pull you in, almost forcefully.' Sing Out! (USA)
  • ...filled with fierce elation. New York Times
  • '...the music has a certain raw quality akin to rock that has drawn crowds, accordingly.' Jazz Times (USA)
  • I have to confess that I would never have guessed this band was Italian just from listening to the music. Taking their name from a street in their home town of Naples, the band reflects the cultural crossroads that the city has been over the centuries, with a sound that takes influences from Greece, north Africa and Andalucia, with a Celtic twist for good measure. The result is a musical collage of impassioned tunes and cryptic lyrics from a group of multi-talented musicians whose feet scarcely seem to touch the floor. An act, I suspect, that would raise the roof live and are worth keeping an eye out for. Wanderlust (UK)