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SANREMO FESTIVAL

Published February 21, 2014 by Tony

– 2014 ITALIAN SONG FESTIVAL –

New year, another Festival of Sanremo, what should be the festival of Italian song, and that has started this Wednesday.
This year very few novelties, the same presenters and in the same way: two songs proposed by each singer (big category), which are voted by the jury, and after a few seconds you already know which of the two songs continues the race. After them, some emerging singers sing on stage (new proposals category) , they sing one song only, and at the end of transmission, voting says those who must leave the race. The race lasts four days, interspersed with national and international guests.
As always, after the first installment, the audience share has fallen. And as always, each race starts a bit before nine in the evening and inevitably ends after midnight, and apart from the last installment on Saturday evening, not everyone can afford to stay in front of the TV until late at night, and for more than three hours. Each year, the usual criticisms, but nothing ever changes. Nothing against Fazio and Littizzetto, the present conductors, but the choice could involve other young artists who would give an edge to the event, that as usually sometimes become boring and repetitive. Again, only a few singers in vogue who participate. Luckily this year there are a couple of songs that, at least from the early plays, are pleasant to listen to and introduce some innovation.
At the beginning of the first installment, the scoop!
Two Neapolitans workers had climbed on scaffolding that holds the spotlight, and loudly called for the attention, threatening to throw themselves down. The company at which they work (a cooperative), is in crisis and are sixteen months all the workers have not been paid. In order for them to come down, to be taken away by security guards, Fazio has promised that he would read their letter on stage, letter in which the workers ask the help of politicians.

fabio fazio and luciana littizzetto

SINGERS

BIG
Arisa
Noemi
Giusy Ferreri
Raphel Gualazzi con i Bloody Beetroots
Cristiano De André
Frankie Hi-Nrg
Giuliano Palma
Francesco Renga
Francesco Sarcina
Renzo Rubino
Ron
Riccardo Sinigallia
Antonella Ruggiero
Perturbazione

NEW PROPOSAL
Bianca
Vadim
Veronica De Simone
Filippo Graziani
Rocco Hunt
The Niro
Zibba
Diodato

GUESTS
Letitia Casta, Yusuf, Cat Stevens, Claudio Baglioni, Raffaella Carrà, Renzo Arbore, Gino Paoli, Paolo Nutini, Franca Valeri, Enrico Brignano, Luca Parmitano, Damine Rice, Rufus Wainwright, Stromae, Luciano Ligabue.

laetitia casta

rufus wainwright

Damine Rice

MUSIC LIFE

Published December 19, 2013 by Tony

– ENZO AVITABILE –

- ENZO AVITABILE -


Celebrated to the last Art Show in Venice, “Music Life” is a documentary dedicated to Enzo Avitabile and directed by acclaimed director Jonathan Demme.
The video’s exciting images that highlight the high musical level of the musician, mixed with scenes of daily life, have been projected last week in almost all Italian movies. Through the poetic music of the Neapolitan artist, the director has created a story that follows his desire to save the world, giving to the documentary a clear political significance. In perfect communion with the sensitivity of Demme, the Avitabile’s songs, always open to contamination and differences, exhibit solidarity for the oppressed and an empathy for the margins. A video to watch.


For the uninitiated, Enzo Avitabile is a famous saxophonist, musician and songwriter from Naples, perhaps best known in Italy for the song “Soul Express”, but who has had a background in all respect. He grows in the neighborhood of Naples called Marianella, studying the saxophone, and starting to perform at 7-8 years in Americans locals of Naples, and later graduating in flute at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella. In 1979 his participation in the second Pino Daniele’s self-titled album, and in 1980 he gave his contribution to another important Pino Daniele’s album called “Nero a metà”. In 1982 he released his first album, “Avitabile” , which already showed his black music style, and in which one song was dedicated to the deceased friend Mario Musella (“The Showmen”‘s singer). In 1983 he released his second album, with the song “Gospel mio” sung by Richie Havens. 1986 is the year of release of one of his best-known works, “SOS Brothers”, which contains the historic “Soul Express” and “Black Out”, whose remix version won a prize in Ibiza for the best dance song of the year. In 1988 he published “Alto Voltaggio”, in which he reiterate the presence of his love for funk, with a collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa, that will bring to the creation of the album “Street Happiness”. In devising his music the singer-songwriter has never been affected by commercial logic. In 1994 he released “Easy” where he puts in music the poem ” ‘A livella” by Toto, and where in “Leave me or love me” he sang with Randy Crawford. On that time, the record company EMI saddled him with the label of “artist unmanageable”, because he refused to participate in the Festival of Sanremo. In the same year he participated to the Pistoia Blues Festival. Since 2004, his records’ covers have been signed by the anthropologist Marino Niola. In 2009 he won the Italian Targa Tenco for the best record in Neapolitan dialect, with the album “Napoletana” released the same year.

First public exhibition

Last year, in the television show “Sottovoce ” by Gigi Marzullo , Enzo said:

<< As a boy, my dreams were simple: learn to play the saxophone and meet the artists who I listened thanks to the jukebox . >>
<< The word is already music, and I like to get there with the music where the words do not come, and vice versa. There is a mantra in our Neapolitan dialect. I hope to make music but to also say something, conveying my thoughts through the music.>>
<< Naples and Marianella are the ‘Mother home’ to me, when I am back in Naples there are certain conditions, fundamental states of consciousness, which in my opinion are to be linked to certain things, because for me the (cultural) contamination is very important, but I think it is fundamental the recovery of our cultural identity. >>
<<Mine can be defined as ‘World Music’, but I wanted to borrow from the greats artists of the past the ability to move inside any form, to go over the same shape, to create new forms, which do not really have a form… this seems to be a pun, but it is a return to pure music, one that goes beyond labels.>>
<< I can define myself a loner among people, like all of us. ‘Chi nun cunosce ‘o scuro nu po’ capì a luce, nisciuno s’ape ‘a nato, ognuno è sulo’. If loneliness is introspection and constant contact with our interior, it becomes something that you live even in the tumult of everyday life, but if it becomes marginalization, it becomes a different thing. No longer a choice but a condition. >>
<< I am a street intellectual and I like if the street generates intellectuals. I am a man of everyday, but a thinking being. >>
<< The music joins and saved the world. So many times, like John Lennon, Jim Hendrix, James Brown, Bob Marley, Giovanni Pergolesi or Stravinsky have did. >>

 together Pino Daniele

The last Avitabile’s record, released last year, is titled “Black Tarantella”, which like the previous one has won the Targa Tenco, while the song “Gerardo nuvola ‘e Povere”, won the Amnesty Award Italy. As he says, is a particular recording that gets nothing to do with the words Black or Tarantella, but wants to be a tribute to the allegorical synonymy of recent years. Tarantella is the symbol of the Made in Italy, our original sound of the south, but we Neapolitans use this term to also mean something different, as we sometimes use the term black (meaning a lack of a way out) to indicate a hope, a chance. With this record I wanted to simply explore the double meaning of words and music.

together James Brown

together Tina Turner

togehter Africa Bambaataa

(Meeting with Africa Bambaataa in the Bronx, then they came to Marianella and together they made a video for the district Scampia)

2013 SANREMO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Published February 13, 2013 by Tony

63th SANREMO SONG FESTIVAL

Fabio Fazio and Luciana Litizzetto

Also this year the “Sanremo Song Festival” got the start yesterday night, the famous Italian song festival which sees the competition among some acclaimed Italian singers (Big) together some new talents (Rookie).
Sanremo, the city of flowers, in the past years gave at the festival a lot of bouquets for the scene design, but this tradition has slowly weakened and now the stage is completely devoid of flowers.
Since the artistic direction of the program is entrusted to the conductor, each year there are changes and additions to the anchorman himself.
This year, the presenters of the festival are a couple who for years is presenting a famous cultural program on one of the national network, called “Che tempo fà“, Fabio Fazio and Luciana Litizzetto, who also is a comedian and a writer.
Many novelties this year, five instalments, and during the first one the Big have proposed two new songs and at the same time the verdict, resulting by spectators and a jury of quality’s votes, chose which of the two songs had to continue the race.Bar rafaeli
Seven singers in the first night and seven in the second, and also this year there are international guests such as the supermodel Bar Rafaeli, Asaf Avidan, Carla Bruni, Antony & The Johnsons, Andrea Bocelli and the dancer Lutz Foster, aside from some Italian celebrity.
In the third live-kermesse,  the 8 rookies will perform with an direct vote by public and jury that must choose songs that pass the turn.
The fourth night is dedicated to the history of the Festival of Sanremo during which each of the Big will sing an old song (out of race) that has made the history of these 63 years of the festival, and during the show also will be decreed, by 50% televoting and 50 % of the jury’s votes, the winner among the debuting singers still in the race.
The 14 Big will perform again Saturday night (February 16), the last show day, when the winning song for this 2013 edition of the Sanremo Festival will be chosen.

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(Read here for the next post about SanRemo)

SAN REMO FESTIVAL

Published February 19, 2012 by Tony

SANREMO 2012 WINNER


This night ended the festival 2012 of Italian song in Sanremo. After that The Cranberries sang their new single “Tomorrow“,  the chermesse  of Sanremo went ahead and the final vote of the jury gave the three finalists singers: Noemi, Emma Marrone and Arisa, just three young vocalists. They then sang again their new song and viewers at home, by telephone or cell phone, could cast their vote in the meantime. The presenter of the five nights has been Gianni Morandi, a famous singer, backed by actor Rocco Papaleo.

NAOMINOEMI ARISAARISA
Emma MarroneEMMA MARRONE gianni-morandi-e-rocco-papaleoGianni Morandi and Rocco Papaleo

Also tonight there was the presence of the singer Celentano who, as usual, between a song and another, made some criticism and this time towards two well-known Italian Catholic magazines (Avvenire and Famiglia Cristiana), saying that instead of devoting themself to politics and news, should speak more about faith and religion.

Celentano

For the youth section, last night, wins the teenager Alessandro Casillo.

Alessandro Casillo

Then came the final vote and the winner of the sixty-second Sanremo festival has been “EMMA” with the song “Non è l’inferno

EMMA MARRONE

ARISA

NOEMI