He plays a fusion of World music and Jazz fusion music, rooted in Neapolitan traditions and characteristic dialect. He tours with his band, going under the name of Enzo Avitabile & Bottari. Bottari is a traditional rhythm from southern Italy.
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Avitabile keeps the Bottari culture in mind while experimenting with fusion Jazz (sax, trumpets, etc). In the past he has collaborated with Pino Daniele, Edoardo Bennato, James Brown, and Tina Turner, among others
With his Bottari lineup, he was nominated for the prestigious "Audience Award" in the 2005 British Broadcasting Corporation Awards for World Music. In 2012 he was the subject of Jonathan Demme"s docu-movie Enzo Avitabile Music Life.
In the same year, he recorded "Black tarantella", an award winning record with new songs that included duets and collaborations with outstanding international musicians from Europe, America and Africa like, among others, David Crosby, Bob Geldof and Franco Battiato.