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Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Mina (wikimedia)   Every country has that special female singer who, with her voice, defines more than just a period, more than just a style, but a nation in its entirety, crossing social and age boundaries. While the United States has Barbra Streisand and Canada has Céline Dion, Italy has Mina.   This amazing performer, whose voice goes beyond perfection, has been part of the Italian cultural landscape since the 1960s. At the beginning of her career, Mina appeared on television, which was
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
gianni morandi
  Gianni Morandi (Ph. Nationaal Archief Nederlands on wikimedia)   Gianni Morandi is famous for his eternal baby face, a reminder of the "forever young" attitude of Italian music. The artist still enjoys performing and entertaining, even though he's reached an age when most people would be looking to retire. Besides looking quite young, what sets Morandi apart is his energy and enduring ability to connect to his audience. His facebook page is one of the most popular in Italy.    Gianni
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Lucio Dalla (wikimedia)   Lucio is a name evoking strong feelings in all Italian music lovers. Beside Dalla's, Lucio is also the first name of another great singer: Lucio Battisti. Lucio Dalla was probably equal to Battisti himself when it came to defining the best of Italian pop music.   Lucio Dalla was born in Bologna and has produced songs that have entertained several generations. Dalla's music has kept a level of integrity and a sense of respect towards audiences that is rarely seen
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
lucio battisti
Lucio Battisti (Photo from Wikipedia)   When Lucio Battisti died in 1998, the world of Italian music seemed to stop, with the entire country mourning a legend. Battisti was not just a singer, but a man who, through music and composing, was able to bind emotionally together three generations. The end guitar of "Non e' Francesca" is an instrumental piece of genius, on a par with Jimi Hendrix's solos. Lucio's talent was of course supported by the extraordinary lyrics of Mogol, a true poetical
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
Riccardo Cocciante
Riccardo Cocciante, born in Vietnam to a French mother and an Italian father, is an artist who has left an indelible mark on Italian culture. Cocciante's multicultural background has allowed him to bring something unique to his music, which has set him apart. While he was raised in Italy, Cocciante's work is influenced by other cultures and he has found success singing in Italian, French and Spanish.   Many of Cocciante's songs belong to the annals of music history, including "Margherita," "
Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Morgan Castoldi (wince/wikimedia)   The very first time that I saw Morgan on TV, I changed the channel as I had a natural desire to shut him off, thinking "there we are again, another artist wannabe with zero talent who ended up on primetime television because of his connections."   Months later, after being bombarded by the constant presence of this bleached blond Captain Morgan look-alike, I decided to do a bit of research and finally understand what was so special about him, aside from
Thursday, May 5th, 2016
adriano celentano
  Just as Elvis Presley revolutionized music and dance with his unique voice, look, and moves, Adriano Celentano brought a completely different style to Italy, a style that was destined to change the musical scene forever and to create perhaps the biggest icon in Italian showbusiness. Since 1965, when his first album was released, he has sold more than anyone in Italian music: to date, his selling record is around 150 million units (among LP, CD and downloads), a simply astonishing number
Friday, July 17th, 2015
best italian music
More Suggestions about our best performers and songwriters   Here comes lifeinitaly second part of the best Italian music. Want to learn more about our classic stars and singer songwriters? Check out Best Italian Music I!    Vasco Rossi, one of Italian music pop icons (Oxfam Italia/flickr)   I Famosissimi   Vasco Rossi Il Blasco (as it is known among his fans) is a bit of an Italian phenomenon. When non-Italian friends of mine heard his music, they were left at best untouched: when compared to
Saturday, July 11th, 2015
  Festivalbar is a music festival that used to be hosted every summer (from 1964 to 2007) in some of the most beautiful locations of the country and was broadcast every week on primetime tv. Maybe the use of the past simple "was" would be more appropriate while talking about it, as Festivalbar no longer takes place; nevertheless, the present simple "is"  is emblematic of the sense of nostalgia many feels for the event. Who doesn't know Festivalbar can't really understand what it
Friday, July 10th, 2015
Alberto Testa
Alberto Testa in 2009, shortly before his death (public domain on wikimedia)   A distinguished, true maestro, a man that has brought us beautiful songs and amazing TV shows, someone who represented an entire generation like very few could: this is Alberto Testa.   A genuine Italian talent, an artist that spoke through his songs for decades, embracing millions using the voices of some of the most famous singers in history like Mina, Céline Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Domenico Modugno, Ornella
Friday, July 10th, 2015
roberta gambarini
  What a wonderful way to wake up, I thought! I had switched on the radio to hear the clear, silky voice of a female singer performing "Easy to Love." The only problem was that I didn't know who was singing. I soon found out that it was the Italian jazz singer Roberta Gambarini.   It was probably always Gambarini's destiny to be a singer. Her parents even called her Roberta after their favourite movie, Roberta, which starred Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, and
Friday, July 10th, 2015
eros ramazzotti
Eros Ramazzotti, an Italian idol     Ramazzotti with US singer Anastacia, with whom he collaborated in 2006    Eros Ramazzotti is an Italian singer and songwriter born in 1963 in Cinecittà, a suburb of Rome. Eros's good looks and incredible musical talent have made him one of the best loved and successful pop singers in the world, having sold more than 60 million records worldwide. Eros comes from a working class background - his father was a house
Friday, July 3rd, 2015
renato zero
Zerolandia, Renato Zero's 5th studio album, published in 1978   Renato Zero was born Renato Fiacchini in Rome, on the 30th September 1950. Zero is one of Italy's music icons. A powerful performer, yesterday and today, Zero's histrionic personality made him an amazing stage animal since the very beginning of his career. His creativity shined through his music, but also flamboyantly appeared under everyone's eyes with his costumes and dressing up ensembles.    Zero started his career in the
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Jovanotti "OYeah" cover photo by Pierpaolo Ferrari   JOVANOTTI When Jovanotti, Italy’s iconic pop star, decided to break into the US market, he took an unusual route.  Rather than play the obligatory round of venues typical for a major Italian language artist, Jovanotti, an unabashed fan of New York City, took up residency in the Village and spent the summer of 2009 working out a mostly US-based band in the downtown club scene.   Also unusual is Jovanotti’
Saturday, June 27th, 2015
      Zucchero     "blues is blues: it's full of soul" claims Zucchero, one of Italy's greatest musicians, in a recent interview. Zucchero's philosophy is that there is no distinction between Italian blues and American blues, or the blues of any other country - however, that is only one form of music Zucchero is devoted to. He has a vast love for classical music as well, having been greatly influenced by Puccini and Verdi in his youth. Since then
Saturday, June 27th, 2015
malika ayane
The talented Malika Ayane, the daughter of a Moroccan father and an Italian mother, was born in Milan on January 31st, 1984 and now brings her own unique vision to her art.   Malika Ayane (Alessio Campo/flickr)     How It began Malika began her singing career in 1995 as part of  the famous La Scala Theatre's choir. In 2005 the singer was featured on a commercial for YOMO yogurt, singing “Over the Rainbow,” but Malika wasn’t really noticed until the following
Friday, June 26th, 2015
  Laura Pausini was born in Faenza, province of Ravenna, on May 16, 1974. When she was only eight years old, she began to sing with her father in piano bars. On February 26, 1993, she sang "La Solitudine" at the Sanremo Music Festival. She won the title in the Young Performer's category: this was the beginning of a music sensation. Shortly after her win at Sanremo, Laura published her first album, "Laura Pausini:" it was released in Australia, Europe and Japan and sold over 2,000,
Friday, June 26th, 2015
Elio e le storie tese
What’s in a name? Well, in the case of the band Elio e le Storie Tese, which translates to Elio and the Tense Stories, the name indicates that the band is one of the most peculiar to appear on the Italian music scene in the last 30 years. Singer Stefano Belisari, aka "Elio,” and “Le Storie Tese,” the group of performers behind the leader, are talented musicians who are able to play many instruments with great skill. What is wonderful about this group is that their songs are nothing like
Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Carmen Consoli
Carmen Consoli, one of Italy's new generation singer songwriters, here portrayed for the  cover  of her 2009 album, "Elettra." The Sicilian-born Carmen Consoli is one of the most successful female singer-songwriters Italy has ever produced, and certainly one of the most appreciated in the US.  The 41 year-old musician is known for her unflinching emotional live performances of songs that examine broad themes of love, illness, solitude and friendship from a
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Beyond 'O Sole Mio' - a walk through the history of Italian pop and rock music   Italian pop-rock music in brief   Mina and Adriano Celentano, two of the most famous  representatives of Italian pop music   Some Americans seem to equate Italian music with O Sole Mio and Funiculì Funiculà. Meaning no disrespect to these great songs, Italy has a popular music tradition that provides strong competition to popular and rock music from other countries such as the United States and England. I would
Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Best Italian Music
Some suggestions about the best of Italian music   Quartetto Cetra (Stevan Kragujevic/wikimedia)   I Classici   Claudio Villa  Known to his fans as "Il Reuccio," the little king, Claudio Villa was indeed the king of Italian melodic music. His voice, full, powerful and reminiscent of that of operetta tenors, has enchanted generations of Italians. His name has been always associated to the Festival di Sanremo, and to the old-times-Italy of Bel Canto. Villa, almost
Monday, June 1st, 2015
italian singer songwriters
  Francesco De Gregori, an Italian singer-songwriter. Ph. Gorupdebesanez on wikicommons   Italian music abroad is often reduced to old Neapolitan songs and the great lyrical tradition embodied by famous singers such as Luciano Pavarotti and, more recently, Andrea Bocelli. What many don't know about is how rich and varied Italian music is today. Italy also has a long history of creative singer-songwriters who have shaped the country's music industry and
Monday, June 1st, 2015
  The Italian music industry has always appeared of lesser importance when compared to the British or the American. The evident language barrier always meant Italian music has always been part of a niche market abroad. However, recent years have been changing the cards on table.  Brand new Italian indie acts have started to be noticed in England and are now ready for the global stage.   The Italian music industry has always been closed-off and even if the market
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Celine Dion once said that: “If God would have a voice, it would be that of Andrea Bocelli”. The singer not only inspires with his voice, but with his courage and determination. Blind since the age of 12, he has not let his handicap stand in the way of achieving phenomenal success. He has said that: "I believe we all have a destiny that we can practice. Mine was singing…"   Perhaps his strength comes from his Faith. A devout Catholic, Bocelli refused to sing Ave Maria at the Scientologist
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
covers of american songs in italian
Covering a popular song is a pretty common occurance in American music: artists pay tribute to others by doing so, often freshening up the success of a tune. Some examples? Well, the first coming into my mind draw from my grunge-punk (god bless the 1990s!) background, still provide good examples: Nirvana's cover of Bowie's "The Man who Sold the World", Social Distortion's "Ring of Fire", by legendary Johnny Cash, or Cash's own amazing rendition of industrial icons Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt". Jimi
Thursday, February 19th, 2015
  All is justified during the week of the most famous Italian music kermesse, this year won by well-known (at least in the US) trio Il Volo. After having been away from Italy for the good part of 15 years, this was the first Festival di Sanremo I somehow followed since the late 1990s: as all good, well loved traditions of Italy, I was happy to see very little has changed. Music is only one of the things keeping people hooked to the tv screen when it comes to Sanremo: it is
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
festival sanremo
     Music is very important for Italians, because singing is part of our own history and tradition. Traditional Italian music has had, since the 1950s, a most prestigious appointment followed by the entire country: the Festival di Sanremo.    The Festival di Sanremo is also known as Il Festival della Canzone Italiana, the festival of Italian music. It takes place at the famous theatre Ariston in Sanremo where, for a week, famous -and less so- Italian singers
Thursday, January 15th, 2015
She is only 15 when in 1969 Nada sings "Ma che freddo fa" (It's so cold) at the Sanremo Festival, the biggest music contest in Italy. At the Festival she gets only the 5th position, but the song is a winner and for the following 5 weeks it is at the top of the hit parade. "Ma che freddo fa" remains in the history of the Italian music and it is still occasionally played nowadays at the radio. Following this success Nada is nicknamed "Il pulcino del Gabbro", the chick from Gabbro (Gabbro is the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
More on Eros Ramazzotti here 1. Eros Ramazzotti: La più bella cosa     2. Eros Ramazzotti with Luciano Pavaraotti singing "Se Bastasse una bella Canzone" live!       3. Eros Ramazzotti singing "Parla con me"