Articolo su CondéNast Traveler

jovanotti live nyJohn Oseid ha pubblicato un articolo di Jovanotti sul blog di CondéNast Traveler, un sito in cui gli autori dell’omonima rivista riportano diari di viaggio, consigli, segreti e rispondono alle domande dei lettori.

L’articolo si intitola “Italian Dynamo Jovanotti” e parla con entusiasmo dei concerti newyorkesi e dell’album Safari.

A seguire il testo in inglese:

So, you’re finally taking that trip to Italy this summer. It’s time to join the cognoscenti who adore the brilliant singer/songwriter Jovanotti, whose cracker of a year back home included his smash album Safari and sold-out 2008 tour. The socially and politically engaged pop star puts on a nonstop, madcap stage performance.

Jovanotti’s U.S. debut was the social event of the year for NYC’s natty ex-patriot Italian community. Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street (the old Village Gate jazz club space) was jam-packed, the crowd jumped up and down and sang along to every song like they’d been fiending for a fix of his eclectic elements of ska and reggae, funk and muscular rock riffs, rap . . . and bits of tango.

The Roman-born Tuscan is hardly a newcomer; in 20 years he’s gone from DJ to rapper to world music sampler. His latest album Safari is a mature, mostly mellow and pensive work. That’s the musical polymath Ben Harper you hear playing a Weissenborn lap steel guitar on the hit single “Fango” (Mud). The video for the song was shot on film at Iguazú Falls; fans of directors Herzog and Malick will recognize the homage.

You could use Jovanotti’s flowing lyrics to teach your Italian class. In English, the refrain to Fango might be prosaic: “I know I’m not alone even when I am alone.” But it’s phonetically wicked in Italian and just lovely:

Io lo so che non sono solo
Anche quando sono solo

Once you become a Jovanotti acolyte like me, you’ll proselytize your friends and forget you’d never heard of him before . . . till now.

Qui il link all’articolo.