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Blue’s Favourite Song Posted by on Apr 16, 2018

Who is Blue? She’s a little blue shoe … N.B. If this blog doesn’t make any sense to you then you obviously haven’t read Le Avventure Di Uno Scarpone. Blue: “Com’è simpatico quel 46R! Appena tornato da una gita a Montemarcello mi ha raccontato le sue avventure. Come le racconta bene! Mi ricorda il mio…

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Che Il Mediterraneo Sia Posted by on Sep 8, 2017

The Mediterranean has always been a melting pot of diverse cultures, a meeting of minds and traditions, a conduit between the continents of Africa and Europe. Eugenio Bennato’s Che il Mediterraneo Sia is a wonderful uplifting song that reminds us of our mixed roots and that tutto il mondo è paese (human beings are the…

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Ciamioncino, The Singing Trash Collector Posted by on Jul 28, 2017

Ciamioncino is the nickname of Omar Gueye, a young Senegalese singer from Bergamo in the north of Italy. His name derives from the Italian word camioncino (little truck/lorry), a reference to the trash/rubbish truck which he spends his days following as an ‘operatore ecologico’. So, how did a spazzino (the common name for a street…

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Vietato Morire Posted by on Feb 27, 2017

Every year since 1951 the Festival di Sanremo or Festival della Canzone Italiana showcases the ‘best’ of Italian pop music. The festival is used as a vehicle for choosing Italy’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, and has launched the careers of artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Giorgia, Laura Pausini, and many other top Italian…

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Vanità Posted by on Jan 30, 2017

I listen to a lot of music, but very little of it is Italian. Unfortunately, I struggle to find Italian contemporary music that inspires me. Italy is a goldmine of art and creativity that belongs to the past, and let’s face it, that’s exactly what inspires so many tourists to visit this beautiful peninsula. But…

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La Gatta Ha Scoreggiato!!! Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

We were sitting in front of the computer, trying to find inspiration for the last blog of the week. We’d thought of translating a song by Fiorella Mannoia, but the lyrics turned out to be so abstract and metaphorical that it soon became evident that il gioco non valeva la candela (it wasn’t worth it)…

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Like A Boss Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

Fabio Rovazzi is a young Milanese video maker who appeared out of nowhere in 2016 to release what was to become il tormentone estivo (the big summer hit) Andiamo A Comandare (Like A Boss). It became the first song ever to win il disco d’oro (the golden disc) solely by means of streaming, and went…

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