Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
These wise words were spoken by Greek philosopher Plato nearly 2500 years ago. And yet they are timeless. Modern. Poetic.
Give wings to your mind and let your imagination fly with artists who are currently on tour. They are playing concerts in Paris and Rome. Los Angeles and Sydney. Jakarta and Jerusalem. And many more cities.
4 ITALIAN ZOOMERS WHO BECAME THE WORLD’S FAVORITE NEW ROCK BAND
Their career began in Via Condotti, a posh shopping street in Rome, where they performed cover versions as buskers. In 2021, Maneskin unexpectedly won the Sanremo Festival, Italy’s most important song contest, which qualified them for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. Their winning song Zitti e Buoni and their glam-rock look skyrocketed them to international fame. (Read more about the Italian rock band in our Maneskin special. And don’t miss our upcoming Youtube videos on Maneskin’s glam-rock make-up looks with an international make-up artist!)
Maneskin’s US and Canada tour is about to kick off (tour dates). Expect a real Loud Kids Tour, as the band announced it. Damiano (23), Victoria (22), Thomas (21) and Ethan (22) will be anything but zitti e buoni. Parola dei Maneskin!
CONQUERING THE WORLD WITH FLAMENCO POP
A gipsy soul with a touch of extravagance: Spanish artist Rosalía mixes flamenco, pop and hip-hop, creating a new music genre that attracts millions of millennials and zoomers worldwide. (Read our detailed article about the talented singer and songwriter Rosalía.)
Her Motomami World Tour kicked off in Almería, an Andalusian city that played a crucial role in the development of the various flamenco styles. Rosalía is currently touring the United States (tour dates). She will play her latest concerts in Braga and Lisbon in November 2022.
GHALI, THE HIP-HOPPER WHO DISCOVERED PRISON AS A CHILD
As a child, he used to visit his father in prison. Today, he’s one of Italy’s most successful hip-hoppers and record producers. Born in Milan to Tunisian parents, Ghali Amdouni (29), who sings in Italian, French and Arabic, says that music was his salvation. “I had a traumatic childhood, which pushed me to find a way to get out of this situation quickly. I don’t have an extraordinary vocal talent, but I had the urge to change my life as soon as possible”, he said in an interview with Vanity Fair Italy.
A FADO SINGER WHO CHARMED PRINCE AND MICK JAGGER
She interweaves melancholy with sensuality and hope. Ana Moura‘s magnificent performance of Fado songs catapults listeners into Portugal’s 19th century when Fado shifted from the streets to artistocratic salons.
Ana Moura will perform her Fado repertoire in spring 2023 in Germany and Switzerland (tour dates). A few of her concerts are nearly sold out.
ESTAS TONNE AND THE GOLDEN DRAGON
Estas Tonne defines himself as a modern-day troubadour and a spiritual guitarist. He grew up in Zaporizhzhia, a former Soviet city which has become a war zone and a symbol of Ukrainian resistance.
A Youtube video of Estas Tonne’s street performance of The Song of the Golden Dragon reached 100 million views. The song is inspired by Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent, one of the major deities of the ancient Mexican pantheon. He was also the symbol of death and resurrection. While visiting The Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque, the Mayan jungle city in Chiapas, a Mexican named Oscar said to Estas: “It could be a dragon indeed, a golden one, just like the sun.” Therefore, The Song of the Golden Dragon can be interpreted in different ways, just like the Mayan or the Aztec culture.
Beyond, Estas Tonne’s latest guitar solo track, is the theme song for I Am Music, a feature film by Tal Cohen-Litant, a New York-based film-maker who was awarded Best Director at the Ferrara Film Festival in 2020 for his short film 7PM. The film on Estas Tonne will be executive produced and edited by Luca Ammendola, a Swiss-Italian film-maker who won the Unicef Award at the Ferrara Film Festival in 2020 for Dear Child. In an interview with VERTIGO Magazine, Ammendola said: “Estas is a nobleman from another era who has lived 1000 lives.”
WHEN A FRENCH POP, R&B AND SOUL DIVA INSPIRES EVEN KIDS
Her name means hope or aspiration in Arabic, she has an IQ of 156 and she teaches her two daughters and her son a moderate Islam. Amel Bent (37), who was raised in Tours (France) by her Moroccan mother, has released one smash hit after another in the last few years. Even kids love to perform Ma philosophie, Amel’s most successful hit, on TV (watch 11-year-old Maïssa move the French singer to tears with her performance).
IL VOLO, ITALY’S POP OPERA PHENOMENON
They were only teenagers when Andrea Bocelli’s manager spotted them and decided to work with them on their artistic journey. They became the first Italian artists in history to sign a contract with a major American record label.
In 2010, Il Volo‘s debut album entered the US Billboard Top Ten. Two years later, they embarked on a tour with legendary singer Barbra Streisand, which preceded the duets with Placido Domingo and Eros Ramazzotti. The international success took the trio’s concerts to the most prestigious venues, including the Arena di Verona, Pompeii, Matera and the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence.
Gianluca Ginoble (27), Ignazio Boschetto (28) and Piero Barone (29) are currently touring the United States, Australia and Italy with an orchestra, an amazing stage and a repertoire of Ennio Morricone, one of the most important music film directors in history (tour dates).
K-POP QUEENDOM (G)I-DLE
Yuqi and Damiano performing Beggin’ together on stage? Yes, please! Yuqi’s deep, sensual and captivating voice is a treat for the ears.
Fans who want to see Yuqi and (G)I-DLE, one of the most successful K-Pop bands, in action, will have to travel to Indonesia. The five multinational artists (Thai, Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean) will perfom their show at the Head In The Clouds Festival in Jakarta on 3 December 2022.
DEMONSTRATORS IN IRAN ASK JEWISH ARTIST TO BE THEIR VOICE
Liraz Charhi rose to fame in 2020 with her role as Mossad agent Yael Kadosh in the TV series Teheran. But several years before, she walked around Tehrangeles, a neighbourhood in central Los Angeles that has become the home of the largest community of Iranians outside Iran. In record shops, she discovered Iranian pop songs that had been released before the Islamic Revolution of 1979. She was so fascinated by the music that she decided to become a professional singer.
People in Iran love the music of the 44-year-old artist whose parents emigrated from Iran to Israel before she was born. Liraz sings mainly in Farsi, her songs combine psychedelic electro beats, funky rhythm, Persian retro sound and lyrics about sadness.
“Iranian women are superheroines,” said Liraz Charhi in a recent interview. “I knew that people in Iran listen to my music,” she explained. “But now they tell me that I give them strength. And they ask me to be their voice.”
Liraz will play a concert near Besançon, France, on 25 November 2022 (tickets).
FLAMENCO POP MADE IN PORTUGAL
Looks can be deceiving. Nininho Vaz Maia, who looks like a gym nerd who spends hours lifting weights and working out, has a melodic voice that he combines with flamenco voice elements and Portuguese lyrics, which is extremely rare. Fans of French gypsy singer Kendji will fall for him. One of his big fans is Cristiano Ronaldo, who knows some of Nininho’s songs by heart (video).
Gypsy singer Nininho Vaz Maia will perform live in Paris and Braga (tour dates). In the meantime, get inspired by Não Sou Perfeito, a duo he recorded with Spanish singer Nya de la Rubia.
Nininho Vaz Maia is not the only talented singer in his family. In 2021, he recorded a duet, Gosto de Ti, with his 9-year-old son Cristiano. The child has not only an amazing voice, but also a great flamenco singing technique.
A VOICE THAT MAKES OPERA SINGERS AND VOCAL COACHES CRY
Her emotional interpretation of Dalida‘s Je suis malade (by Serge Lama) is a masterpiece. The pain and the lovesickness she sings about are perceptible. The delicacy of her voice, her whisper technique and her pitches blow people’s minds.
Belgian-Canadian singer and songwriter Lara Fabian is a legend who has inspired many singers. She has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. With her lyrical soprano and three-octave voice range, she amazes not only her fans, but also opera singers and vocal coaches worldwide who have posted first reaction videos on Youtube.
Lara Fabian will close her current tour in Tallinn, Estonia, in a few days.
DEPECHE MODE’S FIRST TOUR AFTER THE DEATH OF ANDY FLETCHER
Five months after the unexpected death of Depeche Mode founding member Andy Fletcher (59), David Gahan and Martin Gore have announced that they will be releasing a new album and embarking on a world tour in 2023. The Memento Tour will begin with a limited series of North American arena dates starting March 23, before the band will head to Europe for their summer stadium tour.
Some of Depeche Mode’s concerts will soon be sold out. Therefore, hurry up if you want to see the iconic duo performing on stage (tour dates).
FROM BACH’S AVE MARIA TO LA VITA È BELLA
In 1995, Noa performed a song on the same stage on which Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin would make his last speech before being assassinated. They had both taken part at an event in Tel Aviv to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Achinoam Nini, who was born in Tel Aviv but grew up in the Bronx (New York) , builds musical bridges and connects cultures with her extraordinary voice, her Yemeni beauty and her commitment as a human rights activist.
This fall and winter, Noa will perform live in Jerusalem, Spain and Italy (tour dates).
MARJAN FARSAD GIVES WOMEN IN IRAN A VOICE
Born in Tehran, Iran, Marjan Farsad (39) is an animator, illustrator, singer and songwriter. She left behind a country where women are prohibited from performing as solo vocalists before mixed gender audiences.
Marjan’s transcendent performances are set against projections of her own hand-painted animations, creating a multi-sensory experience that transports audiences to a wistful and distant time and place.
Due to the political situation in Iran, Marjan had to cancel her concert in Amsterdam. (This article will be updated with her new tour dates.)
PORQUE EL SENTIMIENTO DE MI SON ES DE MANIGUA
Afro-Cuban funk at its best! Celia Cruz would be thrilled!
THE QUEEN OF KITSCH & IRONY
Last but not least an artist whose songs are neither poetic nor melodramatic nor masterpieces. Just catchy summer tunes that are great for spinning classes, jogging and working out. Baby K, an Italian pop singer and rapper (39), is not only the queen of kitsch, wearing sexy and bold Versace and Fausto Puglisi outfits, but also the queen of irony and records – being the first Italian artist to reach 100 million views with a Youtube video and the only Italian artist who reached one billion views on her Youtube channel.
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