Italian Song challenge Day 16: Adriano Celentano

https://youtu.be/iMxOluEwfVw Adriano Celentano is yet another giant figure from Italian pop music. He was the first artist to sing American rock and roll back in the 1950’s and his early style was based very much on Elvis Presley. Celentano took American rock ‘n’ roll and put a very Italian twist onto it, giving it new…

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 6: Marco Mengoni

https://youtu.be/DM_h_rx6WtE Marco Megnoni’s mesmerising falsetto voice exploded onto the Italian pop scene in 2009 after he won the third edition of X Factor Italy. Since then he has sold over 2,8 million albums. He has participated twice in the Italian San Remo song contest, winning the competition on his second turn in 2013 with his…

Italian Song Challenge Day 5: Ligabue

https://youtu.be/IUWtAUKYmAQ Luciano Ligabue born in Emilia Romagna fell into the music business after trying various odd jobs until he formed an amateur band writing his own songs. After being in a couple of other groups, he was introduced to fellow singer-songwriter Pierangelo Bertoli, who included one of Ligabue’s songs in his new album. After twenty…

Italian Song Challenge Day 3: Jovanotti

https://youtu.be/uvngBmhlI1o Italian singer-songwriter and rapper Jovanotti (real name Lorenzo Cherubini) has been a part of the Italian music scene since the late 1980s. His early music was a mixture of hip hop, rap and disco which was immensely popular. After sixteen studio and remix albums, his style has evolved and embodies elements of funk, world…

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.…

A little music therapy during lockdown in Sicily

Of all the tools I have used to help me through this challenging lockdown time in Italy apart from friends and family, has been music. Music, with its unique kind of magic and, has been the one thing that has really helped to lift my spirits. After endless restless nights filled with fears, nightmares and…

Remembering Pino Daniele

2015 had a bit of a rough start for the world of Italian music, it lost one of its most iconic and original artists. Pino Daniele, singer-songwriter and guitarist died unexpectedly on the fourth of January. Daniele had been part of the Italian music scene since his début album in nineteen seventy-seven, when he fused…