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5 Italian Musicians To Know

Tasteful tackiness never sounded so good.

10 . 02 . 15

 

 

All it takes is a couple of nights out in Rome and one hung over night in, watching Italian X Factor, while eating your weight in pasta, to log into Italy’s eclectic music scene. And that’s exactly what I did this past week when I was in Rome.

If you can avoid tourist trap clubs where jagged house music that was once successful during the drugged-up 90s plays, your ears are in for a delightful surprise. Here are 5 Italian musicians to know that offer up shimmering sounds of the new wave era.

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Fedez

You may already be familiar with Fedez, but if you’re not, you should be. The socially minded singer burst ontp the music scene in 2011, when he released the download-only songs Penisola Che Non C’è and Il Mio Primo Disco da Venduto. His latest album Pop-Hoolista is drizzled with the same controversy and freshness of its predecessors. Fedez also sits as a judge on Italian X-Factor.

 

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Giusy Ferreri & Baby K

This track “Rome – Bangkok” was number one on the sale charts in Italy this past August. The singer, Giusy Ferreri who won the first edition of Italian X Factor, partnered with rapper Baby K for this punchy and fierce medley.

 

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The Kolors

I don’t know about you, but I feel like the Brit boy band thing has gotten a bit tired. Enter The Kolors, a refreshing Italia boy band who won Amici in 2015. They have a unique perspective on ‘new-wave’ sound and is just a refreshing alternative fix to a One Direction craving.

 

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Annalisa Scarrone

Annalisa Scarrone has stolen the heart of Rome with her sultry vocals and girl next door grace. The orange-haired singer recently released a new album, Shining featuring her signature brand of charm. She suggests everything but confirms nothing.

 

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Jovanotti

50-year-old Tuscan rapper Jovanotti has played a pioneering role in contemporary Italian pop music since the 1980s. His latest album Lorenzo 2015 CC, expands on his electronic influences and includes a collaboration with Manu Dibango.

 

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