Santa Monica 22/07/10

Jovanotti Italian Superstar

Jovanotti (aka Lorenzo Cherubini) fills stadiums in his native Italy and throughout Latin America. He sets out this summer to bring his synthesis of rap and rock to festivals across America. Jovanotti’s music has transformed from its early roots in hip-hop and rap to a broader hybrid, incorporating pointed lyrics which address philosophical, religious, social, and political issues, more typical of a singer-songwriter, Italian cantautore tradition.

He has recorded eleven studio albums, the four most recent releases reaching #1 in Italy. Over the past twenty yearsJovanotti has collaborated with Brazil’s Daniela Mercury, Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, and recorded alongside Ben Harper, Michael Franti (Spearhead) and Bono (U2). Jovanotti appears on several international compilations, most notably Red Hot + Rhapsody, a 1998 tribute to George Gershwin, on which he performs “I Got Rhythm.” His song “Piove” is featured on the CD Peppers & Eggs from the soundtrack of the TV series The Sopranos.