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Nina Zilli – Dingwalls

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London: Nina Zilli the new Italian voice at Dingwalls.

Tuesday, 16th November 2010 – David Franchi


With audience dancing and singing, it was a hot Nina Zilli concert at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, the last 15th November.

At the gig were played tracks from her recent album “Sempre Lontano” – already golden awarded – and also great covers of famous 60’s authors like Solomon Burke, Adriano Celentano, The Supremes and Etta James. It was a mix of past and recent music.

An outstanding line up was with Nina on stage: Gianluca Pelosi (bass guitar), Nico Roccamo (drums), Antonio Vezzano (guitar), Marco Zaghi (sax), Riccardo Gibertini (trumpet) and Angelo Cattoni (keyboards).

The singer is the new personality of the Italian music panorama. She has a powerful voice that reminds the best Italian female singer Mina, mixed with an Amy Winehouse style. She plays a mix of genres including soul, rocksteady, reggae, beat music and Italian vocal pop songs.

Nina Zilli, whose real name is Maria Chiara Fraschetta, is born in Piacenza (Italy), the 2nd February 1983. She is a soprano and studied opera singing and piano at the music academy.

She speaks and sings in perfect English because she spent part of her infancy in Ireland and, just after secondary school, for a couple of years she lived in USA.

Nina Zilli is a singer –song- writer almost unknown since few months ago. She started to perform very young.

In 2001 she created the band “Chiara&Gliscuri” and published for Sony the single “Tutti al mare”. She began to collaborate with known rocksteady/ reggae Italian artists such as the groups Africa Unite and Franziska with whom she toured Europe.

In the meantime she had experiences as MTV vee-jay and as anchor woman in the last edition of famous Italian TV show Roxy Bar conductor Red Ronnie.

But Nina Zilli exploded on the scene just recently in 2009 with her eponym EP “Nina Zilli” from which the single “50mila” – featuring Giuliano Palma a major influencing Italian artist – had great success. The song was included in the soundtrack of one the best Italian movie of the 2010 season, the multi awarded “Mine Vaganti” (Loose Cannons), by Turkish- Italian director Ferzan Ozpetek, recently screened in London in the last BFI Festival.

This year in the 60° Sanremo Festival Nina Zilli has performed “L’uomo che amava le donne” for which she has been awarded with the “Premio della Critica Mia Martini” (Criticism Prize), the “Premio Sala Stampa Radio Tv” (Press Prize) and “Premio Assomusica 2010” (Industry Association Prize) the latter for the best live show.

Sanremo Festival is the biggest Italian music event. Running every year since 1950, the festival has been a real open window for many Italian artists and so it worked this year for Nina Zilli who could promote herself and reach the highest positions in the Top Charts.

Nina Zilli was also nominated for the Best Italian Act award in the latest MTV Europe Music Awards 2010.

In May 2010 she performed at the Wind Music Awards in the Arena of Verona (Italy) and won the prize as “New Artist”.

Just two weeks ago a new single “Bacio D’ad(d)io” and the video have been released. In the next future there will be a new release of the album “Sempre Lontano Special Edition” containing a DVD of a concert at the Blue Note of Milan.

An interesting bit of trivia is that during the concert Nina Zilli shouted: “Happy birthday Granma”. Some people thought it was a joke. But after the concert was not possible to make an interview: Nina was in the backstage with her Grandmother celebrating her birthday. Happy birthday Nina’s grandma!

Published for:  www.italoeuropeo.co.uk

Direct link: http://www.italoeuropeo.com/entertaiment/music/london:an-exclusive-gig:-nina-zilli-/


Written by davidfranchi

November 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm

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