31-01-2018 di redazione
An enchanting voice, perfect. Of those that it is a sublime pleasure to listen to the jazz notes of the great international standards.
Neapolitan singer Simona De Rosa, who has long divided her life between Italy and New York, gave a wonderful evening to viewers on Friday live at Come Back Club in Watamu.
And she found another ideal environment for her, not so much professionally as humanly.
But if it is true that soul and passion are the basis of any artistic career, we are sure that this holiday in Kenya for Simona will be much more than just a dip in tropical relaxation.
Naples, New York, Watamu. I found the apex of my ideal triangle - explains the vocalist who has three albums and illustrious collaborations - if the city where I was born represents my character, heart and musical approach to life, the United States was my launch ramp, refinement and professional drive. Now humanly and with all my soul I also feel close to this Africa.
A holiday was enough, apart from the beautiful parenthesis of the show at Come Back, to open a new window to Simona on the wonder.
I have to admit that, for a sensitive character like mine, Kenya has been an almost traumatic approach - admits the jazz singer - as soon as I came down from the plane to notice all that poverty, that sense of abandonment in front of the majestic nature of Africa, gave me a sense of despair that I almost wanted to go back immediately. But then I began to look carefully at people, their lives, their smiles, their philosophy. And I understood that this is a special place, from which you feel you no longer want to separate. After a few days I told my parents that they had convinced me to come here on holiday - but why do we not stop and live here? – ”.
Simona De Rosa has an ascending career, between the Old and New Continent. In Italy he plays and performs with the quintet of the saxophonist Daniele Scannapieco, Mario Biondi's main collaborator.
In New York, he entered Manhattan's exclusive clubs where he performed the American jazz "créme" and participated in important sessions and tributes, such as Duke Ellington.
But Watamu's embrace was unforgettable and bringing my song here was a strong emotion - explains Simona - also because thanks to my evening I was able to give my little contribution to help these people grow up, donating my cachet to the Marafiki Primary School of Mida. Education is the most important aspect of giving a future and hope to young Africans, I am happy to have met people who dedicate themselves to this ".
Simona De Rosa promises to return to Watamu in the near future.
I think I have taken the pain of Africa even before leaving this country - admits the jazz singer - and next time I hope to be able to leave here again a little bit of my heart and my voice.
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