Funkallisto is a Rome-based band formed in February 2004. The six original members got together in the heart of the city, Trastevere, giving life to a unique project delivering a high-energy repertoire of Funk, Afrobeat , Latin and dancefloor Jazz.
Over the last thirteen years the group has achieved legendary status in Rome selling 30,000 copies of their 4 albums to date. The latest, ‘Saturday Night Dogs’ boasts eight original tracks including a four man horn section, three percussionistst and guest vocalists.
Over the years the band have performed in a wide range of clubs and festivals from Cairo, Shanghai, Berlin and Barcelona to Southampton’s Soul Cellar, Birmingham’s Yardbird and the Bern busker festival. In Italy the band has toured extensively, done numerous national live radio and television shows. The band supported legendary bands like the James Taylor Quartet and appeared as the backing band for The Californian singer Lil’ Giselle fresh from a live show on Mark Lamarr’s BBC radio show in London. Diverse songs had been chosen to form part on samplers like“ Funk in Italy“
One of the keys to the band’s success is their unique, dynamic and inspiring sound coupled with the capacity to appear in a variety of situations, adding vocalists and dancers to the recipe and creating a mass following in Rome at their regular events called, ‘La grande abbuffunk’. The band also regularly performs on the scenic streets of Rome in a reduced format which has resulted in a substantial sale of cd’s and effectively launched the band in its early stages.
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