Our history

The Alla Bua born from more traditional experiences of music culture of Salento. They initially form in the historycal feast of Saint Rocco in Torrepaduli, in traveling nights of Easter singing of "Santu Lazzaru", in typical parties of made of wine courts, spread voices and unceasing drums. Among these sounds the six components of group joined, coming from various villages of Salento (Casarano, Torrepaduli, Collepasso, Cavallino, Sternatia), with the common consciousness to feel right the heritage of popolar music, learned in their own houses and with the great passion to play it, hand down it and disclose it.

"Alla Bua" was an expression used by the elderly people of Southern Salento (in taverns of Alliste and surroundings) to accompany work or love songs. Word repeated incessantly, like a mantra, it was a kind of drone and then of support for the main voice. The etymological meaning seems to come from greek language (an ancient dialect still spoken in a zone of Salento called "Grecìa", limited in about ten villages and strangely far from Alliste). Then Alla Bua means "another way", "another care", "another illness", "alternative medicine".

In this concept the mind and the sound of group materialize. The cure of past deseases, caused by poisonous bite of legendary tarantula, the sickness of a society exhausted by the difficulties and poverty which becomes today a cure against the frenzy and the flatness of modern society. A cure which yesterday and today occurs to the sound of "pizzica pizzica", a strong dance, warm and liberating.

The Group

In addition to sharing their popular origin, the components of group have strong individually disparate musical backgrounds which space from classic and contemporary repertoires, rock, ancient, jazz, dance and ethnic. Everything leads to a very colorful revival of the traditional repertoire of Salento and rich of subtleties and constantly renewed energy, although arising from spontaneous performances, liberating and joyful.

On the stage the Alla Bua reveal their character: strong rhythm music, almost violent, from Fiore's drum; plots and cascades of notes from Francesco's accordion; the vibrations of the harmonic melodies from Emanuele's violin; the certainty of Dario's granitic guitar; the scratches of Gigi's voice and the contrasting sweatness of that of Irene and of her oboe. The Alla Bua are the union of everything that the music of Salento requires to be the result of its expressiveness, charge of a difficult past (and sometimes of a present too). Features and quality which, in the unbridled fun of musicians, dancers and fans which participate numerous in their shows, are implemented as a true "alternative cure".

In recent years the Alla Bua's repertoire has been enriched by original songs composed by the same components, in a sometimens tied to tradition style, sometimes instead only motivated by the spirit of the group and then more innovative and original.


Born in 1990 and than reached the completion of the twentieth year of activity, the group of Alla Bua claims an important artistic curriculum.

It's sought-after by the more important ethnic music festivals, by the theaters and by events of any kind. In any place open to the dances and to the listening to sweet melodies, the Alla Bua make dance up to extreme an audience more and more excited about the strong emotions which they transmit during their lives.

Their shows are much appreciated not only in Salento, but elsewhere too, leading the group often to face long national and international journeys. From Bolzano to Salerno, from Roma to Pollino, from Sardinian Nuraghi to Toscana, from Milano to Torino up to deep Calabria, just to mention some of many stages happily walked. In the past the Alla Bua participated in the soundtrack of "Pizzicata" directed by Edoardo Winspeare and realized for Rai Sat the music documentary dedicated to the painter Piero Pizzi Cannella. Various movies were broadcast on local and national networks, from Telenorba to Rai. Many national radio stations have planned the songs of group (particularly "Golem" by Gianluca Nicoletti and "Notturno italiano" with Ugo Coccia from Rai). Of major importance the intervention in the autumn of 2006 for Radio China International which dedicated to Alla Bua an entire transmission fully reporting both the interview to the components of group and some songs.

In recent years in fact, the Alla Bua have been often representatives of ethnic italian music in the world. From the city of Sofia (Bulgaria) to the Georgetown University of Washington DC USA, from the Golden Ring Hotel in Mosca to the Fashion Industry Fair in San Pietroburgo and to the Chinese-Italian Fair in Guangztou (Canton) where the Alla Bua have enjoyed considerable success both with critics and audiences. various awards received.The workshops "CHI CANTA", by a committee chaired by journalists, have praised the group as the most distinguished, followed and requested in 2006. Yet awarded by the city of Ugento thanks to the project CEE POR Puglia 2000-2006 for having disclosed the musical culture of Salento in the world. In the summer of 2010 the Alla Bua also received the PRIZE KALLISTOS 2010 (Alliste-LE) on the grounds of represent the excellence of popolar music of Salento in the world. Finally the BEST MUSIC award at Alcatraz (Milan 2015) and EXCELLENCE AWARD OF SALENTO – TERRA DEL SOLE AWARD (Gallipoli 2016) while their album "Salenticidio" appeared among the participants of the Tenco Prize 2016.


For what concerns the discography, the first job, self-product, is published in 1999 with the title of "Stella Lucente", experience which leads in 2002 to the more mature "Alla Bua", born from the cooperation with the roman company Enthnosphere. At the same time is realized the first videoclip "Lu rusciu de lu mare" directed by Silvia Morani and Angelo Cricchi, appreciated and launched in musical TV broadcasts (the programm "Blob" on Rai 3 honored it playing it in whole). Finally it's selected for finals of Giffoni Film Festival in 2004 and of Faenza Festival. In 2003 follows a second videoclip (still of Morani - Cricchi) "Pizzicarella". The next album, produced in 2004, is "Limamo" (Sony - Etnosphere). Great quality and musical depht, refined brackets of delicacy and swirling pizziche of singular gaiety. All completed by an interestind cover-tribute to Fabrizio De Andrè, "Dolcenera". The cd cover is a valuable tribute painting of Piero Pizzi Cannella.

The nex record job "Saratambula" goes back to the spring of 2007 full ofP sublime moments of creativity and originatility, but without never losing contact with the tradition and after in May 2010 the album "Scattuni" represents the artistic maturity of group alternating ethno-popular tracks of deeply to top searches innovative and elaborate tracks. Along with the cd was produced the last videoclip "Lucernaru" directed by Luciano Schito. The highlights of live shows are represented in the cd "Alla Bua Live" of 2012 followed by the last record job "Russu te sira" (2013) produced with the innovative videoclip "Lu maremotu" directed by Fernando Luceri.


Among the most important presences of Alla Bua we remember: "Tocatì", international festival of street games (Verona); Tarantella Power (Badolato-CZ), Taranta's Night (Melpignano-LE); Giffoni Film Festival (Giffoni Valle Piana-SA); Pizzica's Night (Ugento - LE); International Festival of popular orality (Torino); Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow the Italy of traditions (Roma); University of L'Aquila (L'Aquila); Pisa Folk Festival (Pisa); 1° International Camp of Italic Traditions (Chiaravalle Centrale-CZ); Arena Music Festival (Arenabianca-SA); Festival of Stretto (Reggio Calabria); Puglia Night Parade (Foggia); Imola in Music (Imola); Popular Dance Festival (Rivoli-TO); Meeting with ethnic music (Fara Filiorum Petri-CH); 31° Meeting of international folklore (Penna Sant'Andrea-TE); Festival of Mediterraneo (Perugia); White Night (Agrigento); Popoli Festiva of differences (Corsano-LE); Fair of Levant (Bari) and many more.

(Uptated to February 2017)

The Artists

Fiore Maggiulli Fiore Maggiulli

Fiore Maggiulli

Tamburello e Voce

Luigi Toma (detto Gigi) Luigi Toma (detto Gigi)

Luigi Toma (detto Gigi)

Tamburello e Voce

Irene Toma Irene Toma

Irene Toma

Oboe e Voce

Francesco Coluccia Francesco Coluccia

Francesco Coluccia


Dario Marti Dario Marti

Dario Marti

Chitarra e Voce

Emanuele Massafra Emanuele Massafra

Emanuele Massafra