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The Live band Ganesh,is the brainchild of the Sicilian born DJ/Producer,Enzo Ponzio whom with this project has the vision of bringing World class music not only to the dancefloor but also,to all fans of good,original Live music.Enzo calved out a name out for himself in the fashion metropolis of the world, Milano,after he decided to leave his place of birth,the sundrenched Isle of Sicily where he had already been well known for his trail blazing Dj sets since the late 80's when it all began to take an the fashion Metropolis of the world,Milano.After arriving in Milano he soon became very popular with his blend of Electronica/Nu-jazz/Broken-beats and Funk in many fashion bars in Milano including the exclusive Rialto club,where was the Resident Dj. With the assistance of Carmelo di Grande on keyboard’s including Rhodes and the Clavinet with other talented Italian musicians they brought together Ganesh’s debut album “Sopra la Soglia” released in December 2002 through Scenario Records.The album was a mixture of Nu-jazz/Bossanova/Broken-Beats/Electronica and Funk, upon it’s release it put Ganesh firmly on the map as one of the many fine connoisseurs of Nu-jazz in the whole of Italy next to top artist’s like Nicola Conte also from Italy. In the beginning of 2005 Ganesh hooked up with the dance DJ,Peppe Pappalardo who also Dj’d in many fashion bar’s in Milano including The Yguana. While still working with Carmello di Grande they started work on their second album ”Club 21”. While working on “Club21” Enzo became one of the Dj’s on the German radio station,Radio 42. His show the “the Blue Set” a mixture of Nu-Jazz/Electronica/Funk/RnB and other abstract beats brought him respect not only in Italy where he is loved but also abroad. After hearing a track by the South African born singer,Marlon Cherry who was based in the U.K on Radio 42, Ganesh made plans to get him involved with the group not only to lay down vocals on Club21 but also to write and perform in English for them, which so took place and within some time they had completed Writing,Producing and Mixing the second album “Club 21” in their Milano Studio,with all the components of the band firmly in place. The style of “Club21” didn’t stray too far from the debut album although some aspects of Hip Hop,Soul and RnB were brought to “Club 21” by the African born Singer/Songwriter. “Club 21” was released in June 2005,again on Scenario Record’s adding to the kudos Ganesh had already gained with “Sopra La Soglia” amongst his musical counterparts. Many tracks from “Club 21” found their way onto numerous important compilations including The Martini Mood’s compilations which featured some of the heavyweights of the Lounge music genre like Boozoo Bojou and Mo' Horizons. This compilation was released on top German lounge label “Stereo Deluxe” and accompanied a Martini ad campaign on television across Europe featuring George Clooney over the Christmas period which ran for 4 years,every festive season. 2005 was full of ups and downs for Ganesh notably Enzo and Peppe being voted by GQ magazine to be in the top 30 DJ’s throughout Italy. Both DJ’s went on too play their Funky House set’s (no faster than 120 bpm’s) to the whole of Italy and the World on the net on the biggest National radio station in Italy,” Play Radio” for the wildly popular Saturday night show “La noche Escobrosa” playing next too international heavyweights such as Rui da Silva and Andrea Bertolini to name but a few... In the same year the band were chosen by MTV for the MTV Sunset Tour playing live with the band then followed by stomping Dj sets from Enzo and Peppe at some of thee most spectacular seaside venue’s in Italy including the world famous “Nikki Beach” in Sardinia. The group played their live sets next to “Juan Ribas” from Ibiza c/o the club Space and DJ Raven from France who is the resident DJ at the world famous fashion bar, “The Bhudda Lounge” in Paris. Sadly at the end of 2005 DJ Peppe passed away inspiring the group to write the the third album "Life in Beautiful" which they not only dedicated to their fallen soldier,Dj Peppe but to life itself! The track "Brother we really Miss You" was written in memory of his life and times with the group. Dj Peppe's passing left an empty void in the group but with their partner’s spirit in their heart they persevered,then wrote and produced their third studio album “Life is Beautiful” which they have dedicated to the Life and times of their fallen Brother,DJ Peppe. With the semi completion of the third album in 2006 Ganesh were again offered the MTV Sunset tour only this time they played next too top act’s like Skin(Skunk Anansie), Zero 7 ,Soulwax/Too many DJ’s to packed out crowds of about 20000 people a show,which remain the biggest gigs to date for the group. In the same year the group also completed a successful National tour of Italia with "Absolut Vodka-Absolut Tracks" as well. As precursor to the release of "L.I.B",Scenario Music physically re-released the groups initial two albums in 2007 in a well packaged box set,this box set was called "The Wonderful World of Ganesh",following on from this the initial single from "Life is Beautiful" was “We are Ganesh” which was released on Italian radio and is still receiving airplay on various radio station’s around the Globe at the moment, including some airplay in Marlon’s Country of birth South Africa also Germany,Finland and Monaco to name but a few countries who warmed to it. The second single is a cover chosen by Dj Enzo,having spun it as a teenager and is a cover originally by London Beat, “I’ve been Thinking about You” which features two cracking Remixes,with the Urban Remix featuring Italy's own Bad Boy Hip Hop Star "Dj Thor el T" and is being spun on the airwaves in Europe, U.S.A and Internationally on the net.The track in all its guises is receiving massive airplay and is available at all online mp3 stores including the largest ones E-music, Amazon and the biggest,I Tunes. The track is availed as hard copy on the album “Life is Beautiful” released 24th of March 2008 in Europe and 08th of April 2008 in the U.S.A The single has made it on some very popular music compilations including Radio Monte Carlo ,New Classics Vol 3 by EMI,Glamour Beat Session 3 out of Milano, Bulle & Pupe compilation and Glam House vol 3(Volume 4 also has a Ganesh track on it)To coincide with the release of the album “Life is Beautiful” in Russia the single also features on a compilation out there called “Intelligent Music Favourites Vol 3”.The single also appears in Hungary on the compilation “99.9 Jazzy Lounge” by Universal and is earmarked to appear on compilations in Germany as well. Ganesh also feature in the Italian music magazine “Acid Jazz”,the July 2008 edition. The magazine came out with a compilation cd with tracks selected by Dj Thor aptly called “Acid Jazz by Dj Thor” and Ganesh also feature on this compilation. The Future is looking bright for Ganesh with the International release of their third album “Life is Beautiful” in Japan, U.S.A, U.K, Scandinavia, Russia and Mainland Europe and Australia. The 3rd album "Life is Beautiful" which is blend of Dance/Electronica/Pop/Rap/Spoken-Word/RnB and Soul has been hailed by the group as their best works too date.