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The Most Popular Italian Songs – Spring 2018

The Most Popular Italian Songs - Spring 2018

It’s time for a music update! If you’re wondering what we’re listening to here in Italy right now, this post is for you. The most popular Italian songs of spring 2018 are decisively less feel-good than the music we kept on repeat last summer. The songs are just as easy-on-the-ears though. Many of them are quieter, inviting you to think, to consider, to imagine rather than to dance it up in the club. Here’s a summary of what is in the charts in Italy right now, what is trending on Shazam or YouTube, and what I hear regularly on the radio. You’ll see quickly that it’s influenced a lot by the 2018 Sanremo music festival that just finished a month ago.

Una Vita in Vacanza

This song is a fun one! Una Vita In Vacanza by Lo Stato Sociale has an incredible 22 million views on YouTube right now. Considering that it was released just over a month ago, you can imagine how often it’s been played around here. The song is included on the album Primati. With it, Lo Stato Sociale came in at second place at the Sanremo Music Festival 2018. As of this week, it is number one in the charts in Italy.

Da Sola/In The Night

The most Shazamed Italian song right now in Italy instead is the ear worm Da Sola/In The Night by Takagi & Ketra featuring both Tommaso Paradiso, frontman of the Thegiornalisti, and the super famous Elisa.

It is very 80ies/90ies inspired. Check out the music video below to see what I mean. It already has over 14 million views on YouTube. And it’s from the same people who brought us last summer’s hit Esercito del Selfie. So I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon.


Cara Italia

“Dear Italy”, Cara Italia, is how you would start a letter in Italian. And this song in fact is a letter addressed to Italy. It comes to you from rapper Ghali, an Italian born in Milan with Tunisian parents. In this song he calls Italy his better half, but also points out her flaws. He introduced this song with a beautiful dedication on Instagram that ends with him asking Italy to take into consideration his thoughts. You can read the full lyrics of the song in Italian and English here: Cara Italia, Dear Italy. It is on spot number 2 in the Italian MTV charts right now. It has an incredible 53 million views on YouTube.

Il Mondo Prima Di Te

Il Mondo Prima di Te is another song coming to you from Sanremo 2018. It came in third place at this year’s festival and is currently on its way up the charts. It’s on spot 4 on MTV as well as those of Radio 105. It has over 18 million views on YouTube. Annalisa was born in 1985 and has received 3 Platinum disc and 5 Gold discs already. She was one of Italy’s most famous singers in 2017.

Non è detto

Just released and already topping the album charts. There’s no slow climb up the ranks for the latest album of Laura PausiniFatti Sentire. First week out = first place, for this powerhouse of Italian singers. I suspect that it’s in large part due to her much listened to song Non è detto. She sang it as a special guest at…. you guessed it…. Sanremo 2018. This recently released ballad has already garnered 12 million views on YouTube and over 100,000 Shazams.

Non mi avete fatto niente

This year’s winner at SanremoNon mi avete fatto niente is a collaboration between the Albanian Ermal Meta and the Italian Fabrizio Moro. So far it hasn’t been able to reach first place in the Italian singles charts. However, this song might get a second wave of popularity as it is set to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest later this year. And since its release a month ago it has almost received 16 million views on Youtube.



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Ciao St Louis is a proud sponsor of the Italian Film Festival Beginning April 6, 2018

Opening Night – April 6!
Director, Pierfrancesco Diliberto, Comedy, 2016, 99 min.
Friday, April 6 • 7:00 p.m.
St. Louis University, Busch Auditorium, Cook Hall, 3684 Lindell Blvd.
New York City, 1943. Arturo falls in love with Flora, but she’s engaged to the son of a mafia boss. Arturo’s only option is to ask Flora’s father for her hand, but he lives in Sicily! Penniless, Arturo enlists in the US Army and takes a “free” trip to Sicily at the start of the Allied invasion..
Free Admission
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Screenings held at Washington University (WU), St. Louis Community College (STLCC), St. Louis University (SLU), and Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC). Sponsored by Volpi Foods, Lou Smith in memory of Jeff LeGrand, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. In collaboration with WU’s Program in Film and Media Studies, Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures, SLU, STLCC and SWIC..


SHORT FILM PROGRAM •  Comedy, Drama, Animation, 2017, 120 min.
Saturday, April 7 • 7:00 p.m.  • SWIC, Liberal Arts Theatre, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville
THE ORDER OF THINGS •  Director, Andrea Segre, Drama, 2017, 112 min.
Friday, April 13 • 7:30 p.m. • WUSTL, Jerzewiak Family Auditorium, Laboratory Sciences Building
CUCINÌ •  Director, Ciro Fabbricino, Documentary, 2017, 54 min.
Saturday, April 14 •  5:30 p.m. • WUSTL, Jerzewiak Family Auditorium, Laboratory Sciences Building
Saturday, April 28 •  5:30 p.m. • WUSTL, Jerzewiak Family Auditorium, Laboratory Sciences Building
IT’S ALL ABOUT KARMA •  Director, Edoardo Falcone, Comedy, 2017, 90 min.
Saturday, April 14 • 7:30 p.m. • WUSTL, Jerzewiak Family Auditorium, Laboratory Sciences Building
WORLDLY GIRL •  Director, Marco Danieli, Drama, 2016, 101 min.
Friday, April 20 • 7:30 p.m.  • WUSTL, Brown Hall
FUNNE, SEA DREAMING GIRLS • Director, Katia Bernardi, Documentary, 2016, 78 min.
Saturday, April 21 • 5:30 p.m.  • WUSTL, Brown Hall
IT’S THE LAW •  Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone, Comedy, 2017, 92 min.
Saturday, April 21 • 7:30 p.m. • WUSTL, Brown Hall
EASY • Director, Andrea Magnani, Comedy, 2017, 91 min. •  Film Sponsor: CIAO
Tuesday, April 24 • 7:00 p.m. • STLCC-Florissant Valley, Terry M. Fischer Theatre, 3400 Pershall Rd.
♦ Special appearance by director Magnani ♦
THE LAST PROSECCO •  Director, Antonio Padovan, Drama, 2017, 102 min.• Film Sponsor: Comunità degli italiani
Friday, April 27 • 7:00 p.m. • STLCC-Meramec Theatre, 11333 Big Bend Rd.
♦ Special appearance by director Padovan and co-producer Alessia Gatti ♦
FRIENDS BY CHANCE •  Director, Francesco Bruni, Drama, 2017, 106 min. • Film Sponsor: Julie and Nicholas Poulos
Saturday, April 28 • 7:30 p.m.  • WUSTL, Jerzewiak Family Auditorium, Laboratory Sciences Building
See you at the movies!
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Triumphing over familial, cultural and professional obstacles Ermal Meta

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Triumphing over familial, cultural and professional obstacles Ermal Meta

Ermal Meta è un cantautore, compositore e polistrumentista italiano di origine albanese. Cresciuto ascoltando musica classica,  ha cominciato da ragazzo a suonare il piano e la chitarra insieme a vari gruppi prima di entrare a fare parte degli Ameba 4 in qualità di chitarrista. A partire dal 2013 ha intrapreso una doppia carriera da solista (pubblicando tre album in studio) ed autore scrivendo brani per molti noti interpreti italiani. In qualità d’interprete insieme a Fabrizio Moro di Non mi avete fatto niente, canzone vincitrice del Festival di Sanremo 2018, Meta è stato automaticamente designato come rappresentante dell’Italia all’Eurovision Song Contest 2018 a Lisbona.

What is sometimes lost among the roar of the crowd and the glare of the bright lights within the entertainment industry is the fact that behind some of those smiles, are people dealing with painful memories. The admonition of “one must walk a mile in another person’s shoes before judging them” holds true to this day. Take, for example, the story of Ermal Meta, a singer/songwriter and poly-instrumentalist who was born in Fier, Albania on April 20, 1981.

Ermal, whose name means “mountain wind,” grew up in a polarizing home setting; culturally nurtured by his mother, a professional violinist, but also suffered greatly at the hands of an abusive father. By age five, he began seeking refuge from his ordeal and gravitated toward music for solace and inspiration. The political climate in Albania during the nineties was a period of instability as communism had fallen and the country lacked direction, offering little hope and few opportunities for Ermal and those of his generation. At age 13, the difficult decision was reached whereby he, his mother, brother, and sister fled the country and relocated to the Italian port city of Bari in the southern region of Puglia to begin life anew. They were immediately welcomed with open arms and, within a few years, Ermal began his musical journey by learning to play both the piano and guitar.

He joined several fledgling bands in the process and performed publically throughout the region. He also enrolled in college during this time and began formal studies in foreign languages only to later abandon his education to exclusively pursue his musical aspirations on a full-time basis. He achieved his objective of forming his first band as he partnered with Fabio Properzi (guitarist/vocalist), Tullio Ciriello (bassist) and Luca Giura (drummer) to form the group “Ameba 4.” The outfit caught the attention of noted record producer Corrado Rustici with their demo tape. This fruitful relationship led to an invitation to participate at the 2006 Sanremo Music Festival in the “Giovani” portion of the competition. The entry “Rido forse mi sbaglio” was eliminated but would lead to the signing of a recording contract with legendary record producer Caterina Caselli on her “Sugar” music label. Their eponymously titled debut album in 2006 featured their Sanremo single along with 12 other original compositions.

After a brief tour in support of their release, the band would break-up in 2007. The recording and touring experience proved invaluable to Ermal and he used the opportunity to front his own group which he christened “La Fame di Camilla.” With complete artistic control, he developed and refined the group’s music catalog and sound production to his liking. The group participated in numerous public exhibitions and musical festivals all throughout Italy and Europe plying their trade and sharpening their performance skills for a couple of years. It was only then that he was prepared to release the group’s debut album, “La Fame di Camilla” (2009). The album was well received and the single/video “Storia di una favola” garnered awards and earned the band much-deserved notoriety. The group’s good fortune continued with an invitation to the 2010 Sanremo Music Festival as they submitted the song “Buio e luce.” Although the entry was eventually eliminated from the competition, the song would serve as the title track to their second album (2010).

The release entered the charts, enjoying a lengthy stay and found its way into numerous radio playlists earning valuable time in regular rotation. An extended tour throughout the peninsula exposed the group to new markets thereby generating increased record sales. The group eventually returned to the studio and released their third and final release “L’attesa” (2012). The single/video “Suzy e l’infinito” became another hit for the band. The recording was tabbed by the critics as the group’s best, as it reflected maturation in the band’s music and lyrics. Despite all the positive results, Ermal sensed that he needed to reach the next level of his personal development and that would require that he disband the group and embark on a solo career.

Wasting no time, he immediately began writing compositions for other established artists including Emma Marrone, Francesco Renga, Patty Pravo, Chiara Galiazzo, Marco Mengoni, Francesca Michielin, Francesco Sarcina, Giusy Ferreri, Annalisa Scarrone, and Lorenzo Fargola. Emboldened by the demand for his talents, Ermal made the difficult decision to leave his family in Bari and move to Milan. Once he settled in the music epicenter of Italy, he commenced work on his debut solo album “Umano” (2016). Ermal played the majority of the instruments on this recording and composed nearly all the music and lyrics. The recording was self-produced and yielded four hit singles including “Odio le favole,” which was entered into the 2016 Sanremo Music Festival in the “Nuove Proposte” (Newcomer’s Section), finishing in third place.

His momentum continued with his second solo release “Vietato Morire” (2017). The album achieved platinum sales and the title track was entered into the 2017 Sanremo Music Festival and finished in third place among the 20 other contestants in the “Categoria Campioni” (Champions Category). Ermal’s best was yet to come and his star burned brightest at the recently concluded 2018 Sanremo Music Festival as his composition “Non mi avete fatto niente,” co-written with and performed as a duet with Fabrizio Moro, captured first place at the prestigious annual Italian music competition. The hit single made its way onto his third solo album “Non abbiamo armi” (2018) which has already entered into the charts. Because of their victory, Ermal and Fabrizio will represent Italy at the 2018 Eurovision Music Competition in Lisbon, Portugal in May of 2018.

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The Italia-America Bocce Club is hosting the 2018 Bocce Nationals

Event Date:  Sunday, June 24, 2018 – 7:00am to Saturday,
June 30, 2018 – 8:15pm

The Italia-America Bocce Club is hosting the 2018 Bocce Nationals

June 24 – June 30, 2018.

Additional information will be coming soon or you may contact Robert Della Croce at 314.477.0154 with any questions you may have.

This is an event that you won’t want to miss!

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26th Annual Italia America Bocce Club Golf Tournament Sunday July 15, 2018

26th Annual IABC Golf Tournament Sunday, July 15, 2018
Tapawingo National Golf Course 18 Hole Shotgun Start Co-chairmen Dan Drago and Frank DiGregorio

We need your help!

Each year, the Italia-America Bocce Club Golf Tournament is a huge fund raiser for our club. We also donate 20% of the proceeds to a charity. This year the charity will be The BackStoppers, Inc. In order to continue with this worthwhile event, we need members to become a ‘Tee Box Sponsor’. Individual sponsorships are $ 50.00 each and a family or business sponsorship is $100.00. PLEASE help out with this worthwhile event and contact Frank DiGregorio @ 314.630.2325 or Dan Drago @ 314.406.8308 to become a ‘Tee Box Sponsor’.

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Sacred Heart Villa Art Show & Sale – April 27th, 2018

Villa Art Show at Amighetti’s. The Villa is going to sell some art work, and maybe have a raffle or auction for some of the pieces. They are trying to raise some money to buy more art supplies. It is really getting expensive to maintain the outstanding art program that Ruthann teaches.

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For the third time, Michael Di Lauro has brought one of his interesting documentaries to St. Louis for viewing. The documentaries have been shown at the Missouri History Museum, once at Rose of the Hill and this time at the Browning Hall Auditorium at Webster University on February 2. This last time, he was sponsored by CIAO St. Louis and the Webster University. The film shown that night was La Mia Strada (My Road), the touching story of a comparison of ancient and modern Italian life with its Italian-American counterparts. Using the historic shepherd trails (tratturi) as reality and metaphor, Di Lauro demonstrates how culture and identity are transmitted from generation to generation in spite of physical separation in a world in constant change. He guides us thru Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia, into the three regions of Italy linked by the path of the shepherds. The film was screened at the Palestrina Film Festival in Italy, the Atlantic City Film Festival and won the Silver Medal from the Media Communications Association-International Film Festival and other awards.

Di Lauro also won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival for his thoughtprovoking documentary “Prisoners Among Us: Italian American Identity and World War II. Other productions have earned Di Lauro five Regional Emmys, a Blue ribbon at the American Film Festival, several ADDY awards and the Gabriel award for outstanding television programming. He is currently the Director of the Academic Media Center and Associate Professor at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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