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Location & History

 

Brognaturo, a small village in the Calabria region (Southern Italy) is located in a valley in the Serre’s plateau about 750 meters above sea level. Brognaturo has an area of 24.5 square kilometres, a sizable area for a small village with a population of 766.  In close proximity are the villages of Spadola, Simbario and Serra San Bruno, the latter being the largest town of the area.  These villages were formally under the jurisdiction of the Province of Catanzaro, however, since Vibo Valentia became a Province on March 6, 1992 all these villages are now under its jurisdiction. The village of Brognaturo acquired the status of  a Township in 1811. There are multiple theories of how the village originated, the most common being that the farmers of the various dominant Families lived in the area. However, the first documented existence of the area goes back to the 1200’s. Brognaturo derives from “Brogna”, a horn used by farmers to round up their animals. Religion had a big influence in the area. In fact, the houses were built around the “Annunziata” convent. The convent went through a phase of decline and was abandoned. Now it has been rebuilt and it is used from time to time to host culture and art work. Due to economical hardships, many people were forced to leave Brognaturo in the last 120 years never to return. A small group of emigrants from Brognaturo ended up in

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. There, they found the much needed jobs and have been able to live their own independent lives and raise their families.

 

At:  info@brognaturoonline.com

The Band

Picture courtesy of Benito Salerno

Click to hear the Band

From left to right last row: Domenico Z., Antonio G., Antonio P.,
Domenico P., Giglio V., Nicola T., Cosmo G., Bruno M. (il capobanda),
Antonio L., Giuseppe T., Nicola C., Cosmo C., 

Second last raw:  Antonio P., Cosmo M., Cosmo R., Damiano R.,
Domenico T., Stefano Z., Raffaele G., Giueseppantonio I.,  Benito S.,
Vito R., Vito V.,

Second  raw:  Rocco T., Franco C., Nicola T., Basilio P., Ines N.,
Stella V., Carmela V., Nicolina P.

First raw:  Salvatore R., Domenico P.,
The  maestro and conductor Giuseppe Natale di Dasa,` Cosmo M., Antonio T.  

Not in the picture are:
Ruggero S. (tromba Sib), Bertucci G. (tromba Sib), Servello S. (sax sopranino), Valente V. (flicorno contralto), Pina T. (clarinetto Sib), Franco C.(sax tenore), Rosso F.(tromba Sib.), Toto` R.(Flicorno soprano), Tonino F.(piccolo Lab), Giuseppe T. (basso americano) Servello V.(sax baritono), Valente B. (corno), Gagliardi G. (basso americano), Valela` A. (basso americano), Bruno C. (sax contralto) Vito C. (sax Basso), Raffaele T. (flicorno soprano), Antonio A.(sax baritono), Angela Rosa (flauto), Brunina R.(clarinetto Sib), Teresa I.(clarinetto Sib), Nicola P.(corno), Enzolino L. (trombone Mib), Cosmo T. (flicorno contralto), Giuseppantonio M. (corno), Ornella B.(oboe), Ernesto Z. (sax tenore), Pina R. (clarinetto Sib), Brunina G. Damiano V. (CAssa), (clarinetto Sib), Bruno P. (Piccolo mib), Cosmo M. (tromba mib), Nicola T. (Pistonino), Luigi G. (clarinetto sib), Giuseppe G. (Tromba mib), Assunta C. (Sax tenore), Ivana A.(Clarinetto Sib), Enza T. (Flauto), Brunello T. (Oboe), Brunello A. ( Clarinetto Sib), Beniamino N. (Sax Contralto), Massimiliano F. (Flauto), Mannella N. ( prima piatti poi clarinetto Sib), Filardo S., Portaro P., Mameli F.,  Lo Presti R., Leo S., 
Costa A.(tromba sib),  Costa S.(alto sax).
 

The marching/stage band started at the beginning of the 1970's as this was the will of the local administration. The band had a slow start because the local people did not believe in the capabilities of the maestro. However, the maestro proved everybody wrong in that he was truly a great musician. The original band consisted of only 7 members and they began playing in the Calabria region.  In about two years the band recruited forty five members. The band enjoyed a great period of success as they played at various festivals and on the stage.  They played music of famous writers such as Verdi, Rossini, Mozart, Schubert, etc.  Also very important was the partecipation of the people of Simbario and Spadola. With their help the band reached the highest success.   However, the band slowly came to and end.  Most of the musicians were very young and ranged from ages 8 - 19 and they were still attending school.  As they finished school a majority of them emigrated to other places. This is an occurrence which has been present forever in Brognaturo. At the beginning of the eighty's the band folded because there were not enough musicians.  Since the 1980’s Brognaturo has not had another band.    

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The Artists

 
Giuseppe Zangari
 

Giuseppe Zangari, a great contemporary artist from  Brognaturo, was born in 1960. His artistic career started under Domenico Grenci (the great pipe craftsman now passed on). He fully developed his talent as a sculptor and painter on his own.

The following letter has been written by him (in Italian of course)

BROGNATURO

Between history and legend
Memories of  a distant past gone by

The reconstruction of the sceneries in the various prints was possible thanks to the many narratives of our countrymen who have now died. They lavishly told me the stories  with enthusiasm. At times they were remembering  the distant past imprinted forever in their minds. They were telling of the raw beauty of  the surroundings lost between the green of chestnut and beech trees and the Ancinale River slowly flowing toward the uncontaminated nature. Many prints with the depiction of daily  life is very realistic as was lived by our countrymen themselves. Other prints of a distant past was verbally handed down by their fathers.  Very vivid was, especially with the elderly, the deep connection of the people of Brognaturo with the ancient "Annunziata" church..  The church's monks with their work instilled in the minds of the simple people of this small village the values of respect of the human being, according to the Christian doctrine.

G. Zangari

 

 

Among the many works of art of Giuseppe Zangari we find his paintings (after twenty years of reasearch) of the variuous stages of the construction of the village of Brognaturo

 

                                    

The square of Brognaturo at different times. 

                
 

 

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