Italian HIT Week: Ermal Meta AND Kalascima

Friday, November 17, 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: North Beach Bandshell

Our 7th annual tribute to Italian American Heritage Month, HitWeek presents a selection of current Italian music to US audiences. The tour features Kalascima and Ermal Metaand is presented in partnership with the Italian Trade Agency and the Consulate General of Italy in Miami. Discover modern music from Italy and enjoy delicious pizza from Spris and drink specials from the Bandshell Bar. We will have Happy Hour from 7 pm to 8 pm.
ERMAL META – Albanian-Italian songwriter-guitarist-singer, Meta was a member of Italian bands Ameba4 and La Fame di Camilla. After writing songs for several Italian artists, he launched his solo career in 2016 with the release of the album Umano. In 2017, his second album, Vietato morire, quickly hit number one in Italy and was preceded by the single with the same title. The song is about domestic violence against women and has accrued more than 2.5 million hits on YouTube. In two short years, he has collected 6 platinum and 4 gold records as well as won four prizes at the San Remo Music Festival.

KALASCIMA – psychedelic trance tarantella from Puglia, in Italy’s boot heel, returns to Miami. Tracing its roots back to the 6th century, taranta is hypnotic Italian music that drives dancers into a trance-like state, meant to excise the poison of a tarantula bite. Kalascima’s six members bring the folk music new life with traditional instruments like frame drum and hand percussion, accordion, zampogna (Italian bagpipe), and special flutes, guitars, including a mandolin, and electronic influences.