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For a bloke who sings most of his repertoire in his native Italian language, and the majority of his fans around the world may not understand, Zucchero has done very, very well in his chosen career.
A superstar in Italy and Europe, globally respected as a truly great singer, UK music lovers will probably know his smash hit duet with Paul Young, “Senza uno donna (Without A Woman)”.
He has also collaborated with the likes of Vanessa Carlton, Bryan Adams, Bono, Jeff Beck, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Mark Kopfler, Iggy Pop, Sting, The Blues Brothers and many more. He most certainly keeps good company!
He was the very first Western artist to perform at the Kremlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He was the only Italian artist to participate at the 1994 Woodstock Festival, at the Freddie Mercury Tribute in 1991 and the Nelson Mandela 46664 events.
His concert at the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba is said to be the biggest concert ever held in Cuba by a foreign singer. His music has spread across many borders worldwide, partly due to his many collaborations and duets with the various superstars who have lined up to work with him. Hailed as the greatest interpreter of the Italian blues.
His latest album “Black Cat” has been a massive success, and his world tour took in a staggering 125 concerts, including 22 shows at the Arena di Verona attended by more than 230,000 fans.
Zucchero “Sugar” Fornaciari is back with this lovely three disc anthology, offering a total of 61 tracks on the three CDs and there is also a 160 minute DVD of a concert from the Arena di Verona on the 25th September 2016, and a documentary film (“Naked and Raw”).
The stars joining him on this set are Haylie Ecker, Mark Knopfler and Paul Young, in a package which is a gorgeous way of celebrating more than three decades of music from this Italian superstar. Bellisimo…
By Simon Redley
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