WBEZ | Jovanotti http://www.wbez.org/tags/jovanotti Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Video: Italian superstar Jovanotti wows America, one jam at a time http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/video-italian-superstar-jovanotti-wows-america-one-jam-time-103211 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/jovanotti.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/51639818" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F63784146&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=ffe12b" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>He might not be a household name in America, but in Italy, Jovanotti is akin to a famous pop star like Justin Timberlake: he sells out stadiums. Now, he&#39;s trying to convince local audiences that his funky hip-hop and rap-inspired jams are something they can get behind too. Currently living in New York City, Jovanotti (born&nbsp;Lorenzo Cherubini)&nbsp;described himself as a &quot;pilgrim&quot; on&nbsp;Wednesday&#39;s <em>Worldview</em>:</p><p>&quot;I am here on a pilgramage. I was born in Rome and I used to see American people coming to Rome to see the ancient roots of their culture. I&#39;m doing the same thing in reverse. I&#39;m here to pay my tribute to my musical culture, where I come from. That&#39;s America, that&#39;s funk, that&#39;s hip hop, that&#39;s American song writing. This is the music that really changed my life when I was a kid and so every musician born in my situation in Italy has this kind of depth with this country, which this incredible musical heritage.</p><p>I&#39;m trying to spread my music all over, wherever I can. Wherever they invite me, I go.&quot;</p><p>He and his band are performing at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/Vic/ConcertDetails.aspx?ConcertId=5050">The Vic Wednesday night&nbsp;</a>at 7:30 pm. Plus, watch them just jam in studio during a pledge pitch break:</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/51644457" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/video-italian-superstar-jovanotti-wows-america-one-jam-time-103211