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Napoli, Resta Cu’ Mme

Some projects we do for love. This is for Carlotta Centanni and her love of Neapolitan music.

We explore our inner Neapolitan with “Napoli, Resta Cu’ Mme (Naples, Stay With Me)”; the fourth studio album by Italian jazz singer songwriter, Carlotta Centanni

This is an album about love. Not only is it Carlotta’s unique take on some of Italy’s most beloved Neapolitan songs, they hold a very special place in her heart as they were sung to her when she was little by her Grandfather Armandino Zingone. Armandino was a celebrated Neapolitan singer, songwriter who performed with the world famous Renato Carosone in the 1950s and ’60s during what is often regarded as the golden age of Italian music and culture. “Napoli, Resta Cu’ Mme” is Carlotta’s love song for Naples. It represents a return to her roots and the reason she became a singer.

As a designer, these kinds of projects are what we often call “love jobs” simply because you have so much creative latitude. But for me, this literally was a love job given I am married to Carlotta! How could I possibly refuse.

Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album cover artwork on Apple Music

Neapolitan music is full of romance and drama. It is a reflection of the people of Naples who, even by Italian standards, are a passionate group, highly animated and expressive. This naturally served as our inspiration for the album graphics.

The title of the album is derived from the famous 1957 song “Resta Cu’ Mme” by Domenico Modugno and Dino Verde, which in a Neapolitan dialect means “Stay With Me”. My goal was to suggest how Napoli has always stayed with Carlotta, even when she is travelling far from her native Italy.

Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album photography montage

Earlier in the year, I had taken hundred of black and white photos from one of Carlotta’s concerts. By overlapping and colourising the images (in a pseudo-double exposure technique) I visualise ‘slices in time’ and the animation of Carlotta’s performances. The overall style is a modern take on vintage Italian movie posters with typography and colour echoing the Blue Note jazz album designs of the 1960s.

Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album advertising posters
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album advertising posters
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album advertising posters

Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme CD Sleeve
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album advertising posters
Photographs from rehearsals and recording at Extrabeat Studios north of Rome. Carlotta Centanni with Andrea Pagani on piano, Daniele Basirico on Double Bass, Juan Carlos Zamora on Harmonica, Violin and Flugelhorn, and Flavio Vargas on Percussion.
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album cover artwork on Apple Music
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album design for compact disc
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album cover double exposure photography
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album advertising poster and Apple Music app
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album cover double exposure photography
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme album advertising
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme vinyl record label
Carlotta Centanni - Napoli, Resta Cu ’Mme vinyl record cover

Tickets available now

If you’re in Sydney on the 28 October 2023 come and join Carlotta and band for the launch of her new album “Napoli, Resta Cu’ Mme” at Sydney’s premier jazz club Foundry616.

Click this link for tickets

Check out Carlotta’s music on iTunes

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