With his latest movie Passion, John Turturro takes us on a journey through Naples which a critic called one of the biggest jukeboxes in the world with a treasure chest of songs from the 1200s to present day! Well we can’t but agree with him and Turturro’s movie testify to this unique musical heritage. Its soundtrack contains a series of beautiful Napolitan songs performed by such great Italian artists as Mina (Carmela), Pino Daniele (Napul è), Avion Travel (Nun te scurdà) and Fiorello (Caravan Petrol). Passion opened to mixed reviews but its songs have been universally praised!
The new album from veteran Italian singer, Mina, features a beautiful duet with Seal. Mina’s new album, called ‘Caramella’ has had its Italian release this week, with the songwriters on board making the difference. According to reports, Seal knew of Mina and was happy to collaborate with the singer, also known as the “Cremona Tiger”. The song is the only English track on the album, and was written by Seal and Pam Sheyne, who also writes music for Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson.
The rest of the songs are a who’s who of the Italian music scene, with two others duets appearing. The first is between Mina and Giorgia and comes from the 2007 album, ‘Stonata’, and the second duet is with Lucio Dalla from 2003. Listen to the Mina-Seal duet after the jump.
Veteran Italian singer, Mina has released this lovely duet with Manuel Agnelli from the group Afterhours. It’s called “Adesso è facile” or “now it’s easy”, and has a complex polyphony but an overall impression of pared-back, almost folk style with some lovely string elements. I haven’t heard this kind of focus on instrumentation in a while, particularly from an Italian singer, and it’s very refreshing.
The single is part of Mina’s new album “E’ facile”, which includes 12 new songs, including “Carne Viva” or “Living Flesh” (video after the jump). Mina is certainly a diva from the Italian music scene, with a distinctive voice and low, powerful timbre, she’s been around since the early 60’s at least.
After an original re-interpretation ten years ago from Mina on the Afterhours song “Dentro Marilyn”, which became “Tre volte dentro di me”, this is the first collaboration between the two. The single “Non e’ facile” will be on the Italian radio from today.
Giorgia celebrates the great success of her latest album Stonata (Out of Tune) by releasing a new single from it; it’s an amazing piece called Poche Parole or Only a few words and sung in duet with Mina; a soulful and deeply moving song; the lyrics of which have been written by Emanuel Lo.
The big news is that Giorgia is right now working on a new album and according to Tgcom it might be released next Autumn.
In 1957 Rai, the Italian public service broadcaster, wanted to develop a new format and air advertisements to its audience, so it decided to launch Carosello; a television series entirely dedicated to commercials. The series was an instant, smashing success. Back then Commercials were modelled on theatrical sketches and were also accompanied by the sound of trumpets and mandolins. The curtains would magically go up and the actors come out on the stage.
The first words they pronounced were always to be repeated at the end of the show to advertise the product , but people more often than not were puzzled because it didn´t seem to make any sense at all. Carosello began in 1957 and ended for good in 1976. It was always aired at 8.50 p.m and every commercial lasted 135 seconds. Children would eagerly wait for it and then go to bed at nine o’clock when the show ended. Many Italians feel still nostalgic about it. It reminds them of happier days; of an era now gone for ever. On the whole, Carosello was a source of creativity and many directors and artists drew their inspiration from it.
The great Italian singer Mina that you can see in this video was hired to do a Barilla commercial! After all many celebrities appeared on the show and got their place in the sun thanks to it. Now - time for you to press the button and enjoy Mina singing among mounds of…. spaghetti and tagliatelle!