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'Broadcast One' - Dandelion Radio's 1st compilation album

22 hours this month including two sessions and a special tribute to CAN

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Maria Carta

Maria Carta
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Powered by Audioscrobbler™Maria Carta (Siligo, Sassari, June 24, 1934 - Rome, September 22, 1994) was a Sardinian folk music singer-songwriter. She also performed in film and theater and wrote a poetry book, Ritual Song, in 1975. In her 25-year career, she covered the richly diverse genres of traditional music of her native land (ninne nanne—children’s lullabies, gosos, Gregorian chants, and more), often updating them with a modern and personal touch. She succeeded in bringing Sardinian folk music into wider popular awareness, in demonstrations at a national level in Italy (like the Canzonissima in 1974) as well as internationally (especially in France and the United States).

An extremely sensitive and talented interpreter with a remarkable stage presence, she caught the fascinated attention of directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Franco Zeffirelli, who gave her the first two of her widely seen film roles, including that of the mother of Vito Corleone in Godfather II in 1974. Loyal to her homeland, Maria Carta was also in love with Rome, a city in which she lived for many years and where she served as Communal Councilwoman from 1976 to 1981 on the side of the Italian Communist Party.

In 1985 she was awarded, as songwriter, the Targa Tenco for dialectal/regional music. In the last years of her life, Maria Carta gave her time to the University of Bologna where she conducted a series of classes and advised student theses on which she had relevant personal, human experience and scholarly background. In 1991 the President of the Republic Francesco Cossiga named her a “Commendatore della Repubblica” ("Knight of the Republic").

Maria Carta gave her last concert in Toulouse, France, on June 30, 1994. Ill with cancer for a long while, she died at her home in Rome at 60 years of age, on September 22, 1994.
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