For Oh, vita!, the album he released last year, Lorenzo Cherubini – whom you probably know better as Jovanotti – managed to convince the American super producer Rick Rubin to leave his mansion in LA.
The 51-year-old Italian superstar, who now looks like a tough rocker with a beard, long hair, and more tattoos than Dave Grohl, has not given his music as radical a make-over. Yes, the title track tussles with hip hop and elsewhere, he brings in AutoTune, jazz trumpets, and exotic beats. But otherwise he mostly offers fun pop with a worldly touch, such as the ecstatic “L’ombelico del mondo” with which he made his breakthrough in 1995.
JOVANOTTI 23/6, 20.00, Vorst Nationaal/Forest National