Tony Esposito (musician)

Antonio Esposito (born 15 July 1950) is an Italian musician, drummer and percussionist.

Tony Esposito
Tony Esposito in concert
Background information
Birth nameAntonio Esposito
Born (1950-07-15) 15 July 1950
Naples, Italy
GenresJazz, Fusion, Pop, Italo disco
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, drummer, percussionist
InstrumentsVocals, drums
Years active1972–present
LabelsNumero Uno, Bubble Records


Esposito was born in Naples. He started playing percussions in his teenage years. In the early 1970s he played sessions and recorded with musicians such as Alan Sorrenti, Don Cherry, Don Moye, Gato Barbieri, Eumir Deodato, Brian Auger, Gilberto Gil and Pino Daniele. In 1975 he recorded his first solo album, Rosso napoletano, in collaboration with Paul Buckmaster.

Esposito is mostly well known for his 1984 hit single "Kalimba de Luna" from his album Il grande esploratore. After winning the Un disco per l'estate music festival, it charted in Italy and Switzerland, and a cover by Boney M reached #17 in Germany.

In 1987, his single "Papa Chico" was #2 in The Netherlands for 5 weeks.

In 1986 he won the Nastro d'argento Award for the soundtrack of Lina Wertmuller's film Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime).


  • Rosso napoletano (1975)
  • Processione sul mare (1976)
  • Procession of the Hierophants (1976)
  • Gente distratta (1977)
  • La banda del sole (1978)
  • Tamburo (1982)
  • Il grande esploratore (1984)
  • As tu às (1985)
  • Tony Esposito (1987)
  • Villaggio globale (1990)
  • Tropico (1996)
  • Tony Esposito (anthology, 1997)
  • Viaggio tribale (2003)
  • Sentirai (2011)


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