Archive for 12 January 2009

Fabrizio De André

Ciao Bloggisti

It’s taken me a while to get back to blogging after a long holiday break but I’m proud that my first post is in honour of  Italy’s troubadour, Fabrizio De André. He passed away 10 years ago yesterday and all over the country, they are celebrating his life and art with concerts, exhibitions, tv and radio specials.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know who De André was until I heard the news about his death. But over the last decade,  I slowly discovered the work of this artist who created exquisite music spanning diverse genres. But more than anything else he was a true poet, writing lyrics that spoke of liberty, the poor, the marginalized as well as love in all its forms.  His songs are studied by children all over Italy and there are streets and schools named after De André.

But enough of my yakking. Let the great Faber speak for himself. The first song, Il Pescatore, is my daughter’s favourite:

This next video shows De André performing the song that he felt represented him the most, Bocca di Rosa. If you understand Italian quite well, I suggest that you have a gander at the lyrics. It’s such a wonderfully colourful story and so well-written that I can actually see the faces of the characters he’s singing about.

Grazie Faber.

12 January 2009 at 1:06 am 5 comments


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