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Curator's Note:

Jovanotti is probably the biggest pop star you’ve never heard of, unless of course you happen to be Italian. Over the years, he's evolved into an Italian Bruce Springsteen or Bono - an iconic pop star who takes on issues from AIDS to poverty in Africa. Back home, he sells out stadiums and churns out number one hits like L'ombelico del mondo.

 

We caught up with Jovanotti on his first trip to San Francisco, where he played the Stern Grove Festival, a long-running series of free summer concerts.

 

Now on "Quick Hits," Jovanotti sings some impromptu ballads and tells Marco Werman about bicycling through Iran. Discover Jovanotti, and don't miss our backstage slide show by Yuli Weeks and a fan's appreciation by Italian journalist Carola Mamberto.

 

 

Don't miss other Quick Hits starring Dengue Fever, Charles Bradley & Sharon JonesHelene Grimaud, Jovanotti, KT Tunstall, Meklit Hadero, Ozomatli, and Seu Jorge. For more info visit the Sound Tracks website.

 

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Quick Hit: “Dove Ho Visto Te” by Jovanotti

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Introducing this new song as a tango from his album “Safari,” Jovanotti starts "Dove Ho Visto Te" ("Where I've Seen You") in a mellow groove before cranking up the tempo. The song is about a well-traveled man whose music and words are inspired by a woman. In an ecstatic Jovanotti sings, "Kiss me, eat me, leave me, take me, forgive me, use me, believe me, save me, feel me."

As with most Jovanotti songs the music, rhythms and emotion are more important than the words, which tend to be vague. But with references to Africa and the Amazon, this song conveys the experience of a man who has journeyed far, and is sustained by love. Even though the lyrics are Italian, the San Francisco audience seemed to understand.

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