This year, chosen for the New Generation category, they bring to Sanremo the song "Buio e Luce", written and sung by Ermal Meta.
"Dark and light are children of the sun" the text says, as if to say that darkness cannot prevent the return of sunlight, that reason cannot cancel the identity of the heart.
Ermal Meta has 28 years and since he was little more than 10 he lives in Bari where he moved with his family. In Italy he brought with him his passion for music, which he nurtured as a child, thanks to his mother, a violin teacher.
Ermal sings, plays the guitar and the piano. As he himself says, he is familiar even with the sounds - disturbing to most - of the instruments as they are tuned. He began studying the piano in his hometown when he was six, but the severity of the teachers and his stubbornness did not get along for long. Two years later I abandoned the music school but not the passion.
Like so many Albanian families, in the middle of the 90 years, even his decided to emigrate to Italy. Here he began to study the piano again as a self-taught. Then also the guitar, thus discovering "a new world". While the voice, he always had it in tune, and he liked to sing as a child. Since the age of 16 years he has sung and played in public, with different groups. Because, as he explains, it often happens that some musicians get together, but after a certain period they take different paths and divide. This also happened to Ermal, but positively evaluates all the experiences made, in which he has grown professionally.
From the 2007, with three other musicians from Bari, young boys like him, he founded the pop-rock band called La Fame di Camilla. Ermal is voice, piano, guitar of the group. The other components are Giovanni Colatorti, guitars, Dino Rubini, bass, and Lele Diana, drums.
The band is among the most appreciated by critics. The lyrics and the melodic line that, on the one hand, remind you of the great songwriters, on the other, are original, they strike the audience at the heart.
The four boys, met by chance, soon begin to work together in the studio and publish the first songs. In Italian and in Albanian (the lyrics are by Ermal), which excite the public and convince critics, for the poetic and direct emotions of the text, for the grace and intensity of the music.
For young people, a period of intense and uninterrupted activity begins with live concerts, clubs, festivals and various competitions. Here comes the single "Storia di una Favola" and then, in September, 2009, the first real album with the group's name.
Now, a new album is out, with songs from the first and three new songs. The peculiarity of the first album: it also contains a song in Albanian "Në dorën tënde" (In your hands), very well received by all.
In January, “La fame di Camilla” was chosen, among hundreds of competitors, to participate in the Sanremo festival in the New Generation category. For Ermal it is not the first time, as it has already participated in the most popular Italian pop music festival even four years ago. At the time with another group, Ameba4, the end of which he speaks without feeling so sorry but still appreciating it as a useful experience.
The band brings to Sanremo the song "Buio e Luce" written and sung by Ermal, a song that for about a month can be heard at the Festival website. "Dark and light are children of the sun," says the song, as if to say that darkness cannot prevent the return of light, that reason cannot hide the identity of the heart. With his poetry, dreamy melody, the song marks you the first time you hear it.
We met with Ermal towards the end of January, in Rome, where he recorded the new pieces of the upcoming album.
Congratulations, La Fame di Camilla has been chosen for Sanremo Giovani. And for you it's not the first time ...
I'm very excited, like the first one. This time I go to Sanremo with a song written and sung by me.
The song brings my emotions into the text and into the music. It's called "Dark and Light". Today we tried with the Sanremo orchestra and I got really excited.
This year's participation is very different from last time, I'm much more excited today than it was then, even if the opposite usually happens.
Who are the members of your band?
We are four in the group.
I sing, I play the piano and the guitar and three boys from Bari: Giovanni Colatorti, guitars, Emanuele (Lele) Diana, drums, and Dino Rubini, bass. The three boys have so many years of studies on their shoulders, practically I am the one who has studied less than everyone. We got together three years ago, by chance.
We met in a musical instrument store where one of us worked, and where we all went often. We started talking and we immediately realized that we had so much in common. We decided to do a studio test to see if it could work.
And it was an unexpected thing: everything went very well. From the first trial to the first concert two months passed and since then we have not stopped. I have seen very little home for the last two years.
We all came from long experiences, we knew what live music meant, for this reason we immediately managed to give live concerts.
Composing and recording a piece in the studio is one thing, but singing live in public and far from it. You have to know how to respect the times, you have to interpret, you have to give the right nuances, it is no longer enough to play the piece exactly.
All four of us should be in complete harmony, like one body. To succeed in this or you have a lot of experience, or you have a lot of luck. I think that in our case, luck has nothing to do with it.
You have already released a disc ...
Yes, in September our first album was released and these days a second one comes out, which contains some pieces of the first and some new ones, including the Sanremo song.
Our records are published by Universal. We have an excellent relationship: they trust us as artists, we trust their work.
We are very happy, they are all young, they understand the needs of us young artists, they know the difficulties of the beginning well so they help us to the maximum. We didn't knock on so many doors to produce the first record.
We were lucky that the first one, Universal's, was the right one. We were in a festival where we had to collect an award, and there we met a person who brought our record to Universal.
When they phoned me to tell me that the record was liked, I almost fainted. At first I didn't believe it, I was afraid someone was kidding me. Then I saw the 02 prefix and realized it was serious. The 02 prefix always heralds something important. It could be bad or good, but it's still important.
In the first disc there is also an Albanian song "Në dorën tënde", which for an Italian band is not usual ...
No, no, you're wrong, our group is Italian-Albanian. However for a rock band in Italy it is something special.
The song is very popular. The audience tastes the musicality of the song to the full without understanding the text; after hearing it they call me to ask me for the text. In most cases I prefer not to translate the words of the text, it's something I want to keep inside of me, if I take it out it seems to me that it loses its value.
"Në dorën time" came naturally to me in Albanian and my friends in the band really like it, so much so that they insist that I write again in Albanian. Not only do you write in Albanian, you also treat Albanian themes.
You wrote a song for our compatriots who lost their lives in the Otranto channel in March 1997.
I felt that I had to write something about that story, not because I had to do it, but because I wanted to bring out the pain I had inside me. And the only way I know is music. Someone makes a painting, another a sculpture, I make music. I shaped my feelings.
I'm very attached to Albania, it's part of me. It is a source of inspiration: every time I come back from
there I write with vogue.
You came to Bari that you were a child. Has the fact of being a foreigner, Albanian in particular, ever weighed on you?
Am and never, but maybe someone else was bothered by the fact that I am Albanian. Seriously, I've heard racism a few times, but I'm proud and stubborn and I don't let myself be put under. In this aspect, with me, it's like banging my head against the wall, breaking your head.
Listen to the song "Story of a fairy tale"
Translated with abbreviations from "The hunger of Camilla zbarkon në Sanremo"
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