Italian Song Challenge Day 15: Nek

https://youtu.be/hqGiKdy8xjs This song was originally written by Italian writer and television personality Maurizio Costanzo for the 1960’s legend Mina. It became one of Mina’s most popular songs and was a real showcase for her immensely powerful voice. This cover by Nek flips the story of the song into a different perspective. Se telefondando (If calling…

Italian Song challenge Day 14: Biagio Antonacci

https://youtu.be/kEWB9GmDZzs Biagio Antonacci first came to prominence when he participated in Sanremo in 1988 with the song Voglio Vivere in un attimo (I want to live in a moment). In 1989 he signed to a major record label. He recorded his debut album Sono cose che capitano (Things that happen), which produced a hit with…

Italian Song Challenge Day 13: Mia Martini

https://youtu.be/1Glf8eyO6HE Mia Martini (1947-1995) was a fantastic artist, her voice was of an immense range, emotional intensity and quality. She sang well in so many genres from jazz to folk, pop and rock. Martini's career took her all around the world, she sang very well in many different languages, including French and English. With a…

Italian Song Challenge Day 12: I Ricchi e Poveri

https://youtu.be/0Jb6NixZKaY Now, to be honest, I wasn’t listening to Italian music in my preteen years, so I chose this classic Italian song that literally everyone grew up with in Italy. I ricchi e poveri (The rich and the poor) were an Italian supergroup that everyone loved, their songs were immensely popular in Italy and all…

Italian Song challenge Day 11: Lucio Dalla

https://youtu.be/rR_aINyOYhs Lucio Dalla (1943-2012) was a legend of Italian song, he wrote many popular songs that are considered timeless classics in Italy. His career was absolutely stellar, and he collaborated with many artists including Luciano Pavarotti and Julio Iglesias.Dalla was a talented composer and musician who played several instruments including the clarinet, saxophone, piano and…

Italian Song Challenge Day 10: Mahmood

https://youtu.be/22lISUXgSUw Egyptian born Alessandro Mahmoud Italian singer became known while competing in the sixth season of The X Factor. In 2018 he was selected to participate in Sanremo Giovani as a newcomer and his song Gioventu bruciata (Burnt Youth) won a special critics award. Mahmood is the first openly Muslim contemporary rapper to hit the…

Italian Song Challenge Day 9: Malika Ayane

https://youtu.be/c9d2GAck6bA Malika Ayane grew up in a multi-ethnic suburb of Milan, with a Moroccan father and Italian mother. She is a classically trained singer and musician. In 1995 she joined the White Voices Choir at the Teatro La Scala where she sang for seven years. She also studied cello at the Giuseppe Verdi music conservatory…

Italian Song challenge Day 8: Achille Lauro

https://youtu.be/uS8Hk8aoLZY Achille Lauro is quite a controversial figure in Italian music, a former drug dealer he burst onto the scene through the 2019 Sanremo song contest with this song Rolls Royce. The song quotes the names of several famous people who have died from drug overdoses like Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Maralyn Monroe and Jimmy…

Italian Song Challenge Day 7: Cesare Cremonini

https://youtu.be/1pRPXIC4Vtk Cesare Cremonini is an Italian singer-songwriter and actor. He was the lead singer a successful pop band called Lunapop between 1999 and 2002. After the band broke up, he pursued a solo career and hasn’t looked back since. Cremonini is a gifted musician, songwriter and pianist. He has a quirky, conversational style with a…

Italian Song Challenge Day 2: Gianni Morandi

https://youtu.be/O5Q_uHsqIfI Gianni Morandi is an Italian pop culture icon. He began his career as a clean-cut baby faced pop-rock artist in the ’60s and has never stopped performing or collaborating since. Throughout his career, he has sold more than 50 million records. Italian’s love his energetic, down to earth personality and some of his songs…

Italian Song Challenge Day 1: Rino Gaetano

https://youtu.be/XB3TfBXUOKw This song is literally a classic of Italian pop. Whenever it is heard on the radio, it’s the kind of song that will result in an immediate singalong. Everyone knows and loves this anthem to positivity and is beloved tune dedicated to the Italian nature of seeing the positive despite any setbacks in life.…

Messina’s Madonna

Messina has a special connection to its Parton the Virgin Mary. Not only does she welcome the ships into the port with her giant golden statue at the entrance of the naturally formed inlet. She has many churched dedicated to her, and her image is at the centre of the city’s immense faith and religious…

Making your own Dolce Vita

The #dolcevitabloggers have chosen to explore the concept of the Dolce Vita in Italy. There is a fine line between loving and visiting the bel paese as a tourist and the reality of living here, in the search for your own personal sweet life. So cheers to Kelly from italianatheart.com, Jasmine from questadolcevita.com and Kristie of mammaprada.com for choosing…

Smoky roasted Artichokes

The Sicilian spring is moody as the weather fluctuates between rain and days of glorious sun. The Sciroccio wind whips itself up from the African desert and pushes the seasons along. White blossoms in the fruit trees blend with shadowy greys. The spring is an armistice which allows the winter to gradually surrender itself and…

Caronte & Circe

July in Sicily is pleasant, the heat is more persistent and less of a novelty, in fact, people begin to take summer for granted after spending June lying on a warm rock soaking up vitamin D, like a scaly lizard who has just hatched out of its winter shell. The wind is fluctuating bringing bursts…