SanSanremo 2011 – We Have Totally Forgotten the Culture in Italy!” – Roberto Vecchioni

Among the singers in the Artisti section of the 2011 Sanremo Festival is Roberto Vecchioni with his song, Chiamami Ancora Amore (Love Still Calls To Me). It is one of the most popular songs among the audience in the Teatro Ariston. It is also the only political song in the festival.

Yesterday, La Repubblica nespaper published an interview with Roberto,
in which he taks about the problems facing his beloved Italy. 

Among other things, his song talks about students, workers and inmmigrants. In an interview titled Vecchioni e la morte della cultura (Vecchioni and the death of culture), he explains his reasons for writing the song. “When you see children arriving on boats, our soldiers dying in an absurd war, as all wars are, the students that rebel against he lack of culture, there is no need to say “they have reasons.” This is the central theme of the song. We have totally forgotten the culture in Italy. It is the fault of the state, who has let it happen and a government who sees things in a different way. It is a song of love for humanism. 

Towards the end of the interview, he was asked if he will talk about love again in his songs. He said “There are many ugly reasons that, in life, make you draw from your experiences. It is for this reason that you continue to talk about love. Not love that is taken for granted, but love that has a little magic, when you talk about it, it happens."

As for the second night of the festival, four of the eight Giovanni wopuld take to the stage at the end of the evening, with two staying in the festival, and the other two being eliminated and subject to a public vote on Friday evening to decide who should return to the festival.
Before that, the twelve remaing acts in the Artisti category performed and were subject to the votes of the Giuria Demoscopica, who decided which two would follow Anna Oxa and Anna Tatangelo out of the festival. Thesongs were performed in the following order:

Nathalie – Vivo Sospesa
Albano Carrisi – Amanda è libera
Modá con Emma – Arriverá
Patty Pravo – Il vento e le rose
Tricarico – 3 colori
Luca Madonia with Franco Battiato – L’Alieno
Max Pezzali – Il mio secondo tempo
La Crus – Io confesso
Luca Barbarossa and Raquel del Rosario – Fino in fondo
Davide Van De Sfroos – Yanez
Roberto Vecchioni – Chiamami ancora amore
Giusy Ferreri – Il mare immenso

The two acts voted out of the festival were Al Bano and Patty Pravo. Both have a chance of being voted back into the festival on Thursday evening.

The four Giovanni to perform were:

Serena Abrami – Lontano da tutto
Anansi – Il sole dentro
Gabriella Ferrone – Un pezzo d’estate
Raphael Gualazzi – Follia d’amore

By the end of the evening, Anansi and Gabriella Ferrone had been eliminated from the festival, but they also will be given the opportunity of returning if they receive enough votes on Friday.

Source:, EuroVisionary
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